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Monday, August 25, 2003

  Meme wars

The California supreme court today returned the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD-CCA) v. Bunner case to a lower court.

John Borland, a staff writer for CNET News.com wrote, basically, that Free Speech has lost - sparking the usual intensive discussion on Slashdot.org, while the competing press release from the Electronic Frontier Foundation touts it as a Victory for free speech.

Which is it?

The polarized and oversimplified debate over this case does no one justice.

I have long held that previous changes to copyright law in America have been insufficiently challenged. Returning the copyright extension to what the founders meant -14 years, renewable once, and also restoring the right of reversion, lost in the 1920s, is the simplest, cleanest and most elegant way to regain balance.

See my: 444 year history of copyright in this country and England - written in a white heat just after the Bunner case came to town... R. Patterson's bit is most excellent, as are the bits on how we got into this mess in the first place with the "compromise on digital recording" that let the camel's head into the tent.....


 
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