I like what Ms. Lacy is saying here. I am somewhat torn about this. I don’t like what Judith Greggs did. At the same time, I don’t think that the entire magazine should fail because of it. We are a country of second chances. Vigilante justice is not acceptable.
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So says Download Squad among other blogs. The Fifth Circuit appeals court in New Orleans said that simply circumventing DRM without any nefarious purpose is NOT illegal. This is great news. While the actual court case involved GE circumventing DRM on a dongle to repair something or another, one could easily see this extending to DRM on movies, music, or software. We’ll have to wait for other cases and higher courts to be consistent with this ruling, but this is a great move forward.
UPDATE: Boing Boing also reports that it is legal to jailbreak your cell phone. Big victory for people that like doing things with stuff they own.
Did you realize that Glee is promoting committing over $1 million in copyright infringement? Neither did I, until I read about it on Balkinization. Those kids are remaking, remixing, and straight up copying songs from major labels and major artists. Of course, the Fox show is probably granted the rights for everything that they do and song that they sing on the show, but the people watching it may not know that. If you do what they do on Glee, you are committing $1 million in copyright infringement. Now, glee clubs and a cappella groups and show choirs do this stuff all the time. It would be far less interesting to watch high school kids belt out entirely new, original songs, so they remix and rearrange popular songs. Most programs do this without permission. No one seems to mind. This maddening application of copyright law shows just how wrong the law is. Protecting authored works is important, but not when it could get a bunch of high school kids in trouble for $1 million.
Copyright as it exists today is not good. What could happen in other industries if copyright was more reasonable?
Ben Cato Clough and Luke Upchurch posted this 15 minute documentary on YouTube about copyright, everyone’s favorite issue! Copyright is becoming more and more stifling to creativity. Not even to the mashup artists, but even those within the mainstream system. When the RIAA sues or threatens to sue another person, I become less inclined to buy music at all. When the MPAA restricts the play of foreign works on these shores because of a rights issue, I become less inclined to pay for movies. When Ubisoft demands that you hook up with its authentication server in order to play a game OFFLINE, I become less inclined to buy PC games. They are creating a system set up for failure. People wonder what is wrong with music and movie sales. First, most of it isn’t worth paying for. But also, there’s a system here that seeks to constantly alienate its customers. Sorry to tell you this, corporate execs, but the things you do to pursue copyright infringement destroys any good will your customers had for you.
And all of this is going to suck a lot worse when the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA) goes into effect.