Heat from Digital Media conference

Derek Slater explores EFF positions on regulation and the music industry, which seems to have generated some heat.  Central to Derek’s position: “…I appreciate what the EFF’s doing. I like the idea of getting a CL [Compulsory Licensing system] on the table because I think P2P sharing isn’t going to go away; that DRM is a poor solution; that we will inevitably lead to greater regulation of technology if we don’t consider alternate solutions; and that the lawsuits are a less than optimal way to deal with the problem, levying out of proportion damages on random people without necessarily leading to any deterrence (although, if the lawsuits were to be a successful deterrent and we all were to live happily ever after with no DRM and great digital music services and such, then I’d be more content).”

One of the reasons why I think Derek’s so good is that he calls things the way he sees them, even if those of us with whom he is or has been affiliated are called out for something — which he manages to do in a constructive manner.

7 thoughts on “Heat from Digital Media conference

  1. John, is there a place to go to get an executive summary of what Derek is talking about? Are we debating the Fisher proposal? If so, is there an official (brief) statement of it, and a place to comment?

    From what I heard I think it’s a brilliant but unworkable idea. So many non-infringing uses of the technology. I have no plans to purchase anything from the RIAA companies. I don’t use Kazaa or any of the file-sharing programs. However I do use PCs and MP3 players and so forth. I love what Chris Lydon is doing with the medium. I hope some great music comes out that follows that pattern. I don’t want to flow any more money through the RIAA companies. I’ve already paid them thousands of dollars over the years, and I’m not happy with the way they treat me.

    I feel as a purchaser of technology I have the right to say no, and therefore don’t support the Fisher proposal to the extent that I understand it.

    BTW, I proposed something similar to Apple Computer in the early 90s with software, to help encourage more software to be developed for the platform. But that could have worked where this won’t because Mac software was different from other kinds of software. There’s no equivalent firewall in this space, at least not as far as I can see.

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