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osOpinion: The DVD controversy: a newspaper swat on the muzzle

Aug 30, 2000, 07:55 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Xavier Basora)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Taschek, whether voluntarily or not, has become the head bootlicking lapdog for the MPAA. His latest article left me indignant. At times it's so misleading and disingenuous that I couldn't remain passive. Indeed, he needs a newspaper swat on the muzzle."

"Contrary to his dismissive opinion, the free speech argument isn't all that far-fetched; hell, even Michael Miller, in his latest PC Mag editorial decries the DVD ruling as an attack on free speech. I was surprised at the contradiction within ZDNET, I guess PC Mag is having an attack of conscience as the MPAA is just too egregious, in its zeal to stamp out DVD technology dissemination that it doesn't control, for the magazine to parrot acritically the corporate propaganda."

"In any case, the free speech argument isn't that far-fetched, the 2600's lawyers' error was to use it as the principal argument; my colleague, Paul Merrell cogently argues that defense should've centered on restraint of trade. However, I pointed out to Paul that the free speech argument is still valid if you introduce an unusual source with more far reaching ramifications: the Universal Declaration of human rights."

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