Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fighting for the right to download: Sydney Morning Herald, 10/9/09

Jarrad Mitchell, Sydney Morning Herald; Fighting for the right to download:

"It is about time the Australian public rose from the couch. Seemingly overnight, technology has once again made criminals of the majority (recording TV shows was technically illegal until 2006). It might have happened slowly in your household, or perhaps you've been a pirate for a while now.

If, after reading the above passage, you're thinking, “Criminal? Not me!” then listen up: we're all criminals now.

If you don't believe me, just go to the movies where you'll see a hip little advertisement that talks about how, while you wouldn't steal a car, downloading pirated movies is a crime.

Now I hope I'm not the only one who thinks that any law that renders the vast majority of the public criminal is just a little bit ridiculous. But surely there is a good reason for all this hype, right? The answer lies in exploring why we even have copyright."

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