Much has been going on in the realm of Copyright Trolls v. Does this week. I want to thank everyone who posts to the various discussions, as well as your emails. I may not get back to everyone in a timely manner (sorry), but I do appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.
I wanted to pass along a link to a short article written by Stanford Law Professor Lawarence Lessig, titled, “Prosecuting Online File Sharing Turns a Generation Criminal,”dated 22 Dec 2008. I will have to look for more current articles from the professor. Enjoy.
Here are a couple of paragraphs from it –
But though I believe kids should not use the Internet to violate others’ rights, I oppose these failed copyright wars: We have not reduced the amount of peer-to-peer file sharing. To the contrary, it has only increased. Nor have artists earned additional revenues from this battle—settlements don’t go to the artists but to the lawyers.
Instead, the single certain consequence from this battle has been one our government is strangely oblivious to: its rendering a generation criminal. A concerted campaign by rights holders, politicians, school administrators, and increasingly parents has convinced kids that their behavior violates the law. But that law breaking continues. We call our kids crooks; after a while, they believe it. And like black marketeers in Soviet Russia, they live life getting comfortable with the idea that what seems “obvious” and “reasonable” to them is a crime. They get used to being criminal.