Friday, April 08, 2005

Rethinking the DMCA

A CNET News article is emphatically negative about the DMCA and its consequences.

"Time and again since its 1998 passage, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has proved to be one of the worst-ever pieces of technology legislation. By now, nearly every sentient being in Silicon Valley must wonder why Congress couldn't have done a better job thinking through the implications of its handicraft before voting the DMCA into law. The act has been responsible for needless litigation and even transmogrified into something of a gag on free expression. More about that in a moment. I suppose it's a pipe dream to have hoped for a dramatically better outcome. Washington knows who butters its bread, and the power of corporate interest decides the day on Capitol Hill when big stakes are involved. Big stakes and big bucks."

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