Intellectual property and the threats to the internet

Cory’s  article on the  Guardian is a must read item.

Just a sample: “The copyright wars have eroded the internet’s inherent resilience at a time when it is desperately needed. Today’s internet is integrated into our lives in ways that have surpassed even the wildest prognostications of the 1980s – it’s the default way of signing your kid up for after-school dance classes; for paying your gas bill; for posting videos of police violence; for remitting funds to distant relatives; for getting permission to put up a garden shed; for booking a vacation; for finding out whether you need to go to the A&E; for writing a paper or essay for school; for earning a living – and increasingly for everything else, like buying groceries, shopping for insurance, getting a degree or qualification, and all the other activities that constitute full participation in public life. None of those things are related to the entertainment industry, but none of them are taken into account when the industry’s pals in government draw up their plans for fighting ‘piracy.'”

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