Washington Post: Chasing Hollywood 'Pirates'
Aug 10, 2000, 08:37 (14 Talkback[s])
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"We're putting a stake in the ground and saying you can't do
this," said Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture
Association of America. "You can't break this code, you can't put
the code on the Internet, you can't have file-sharing with movies
the way you do with music. We're going to protect our
"People think of copyright as prohibiting certain actions," said
Duke University law professor James Boyle. "You can't copy too much
of something, you can't perform something without permission. What
the content companies are starting to do is use copyright to
regulate devices and research and communication. So now you can't
communicate about a computer code...."
"Boyle, the author of a forthcoming book on law, politics and
privacy in cyberspace, sees the DVD cases as part a broader
movement to control the Internet. "Now you can erect a digital
fence around your intellectual property," he said. "And once you do
that, the idea of the public's 'fair use' is abolished...."
"This is a culture war, between the powers that were and
that will be," said John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the cyber
rights group Electronic Freedom Foundation."
"Human beings want to share ideas, to share expression," he
added. "Unless you are running a dictatorship, you can't get the
people to behave in a way they no longer feel is appropriate by
passing more and more laws. What are the entertainment companies
going to do, arrest everyone?"