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CNET DMCA: We're not all criminals (Jon 'maddog' Hall on the DMCA)

Feb 06, 2002, 10:01 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Hall)
"The United States already has laws to protect against copyright and patent invasion. It has laws to protect against import of pirated CDs and other intellectual property. Countries like China are beginning to generate their own laws to cut down on rampant pirating as they try to enter the WTO. This is a bad time to instigate new laws that remove the legitimate right of someone like myself to fair use of the music and intellectual property that I purchase.

I think we need to fix the DMCA, then enforce the laws we have already, rather than generate more restrictive laws that remove the freedoms that generated the economy we enjoy today. Increase the penalties on copyright infringement, but don't make people criminals for the inoffensive use of fair-use copying."

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