Re: The Freedom of Digital Information

Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 03:35:54 MDT

In a message dated 7/28/2000 11:29:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> I attended a seminar recently where a RIAA representative showed up and
> that their strategy was to shut down anybody making music available for
> free. At this point in the game they are loathe to prosecute the
> fans/pirates because of fear of the backlash they would face if they
> prosecuting their own customers. But my guess is it won't be long before
> they start making "examples" out of a few people just to get the point
> across.

Since people have been going to jail for selling bootlegs since vinyl came
out, I don't see why "they" (if you mena the record companies) have any
reason to stop punishing freeloaders now.Sure, the game is and has always
been - to put a damper on copyright infringement, not to put a stop to it,
which is impossible. The difference merely lies in the numbers, and if these
"fans" can lobby well.

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