"On Monday in San Francisco, the Recording Industry Assn. of
America's lawsuit against Napster goes before the federal 9th
Circuit Court of Appeal. As attorneys wrangle over the finer legal
points surrounding digital piracy, larger philosophical questions
loom: If technology renders copyright unenforceable, will some
artists stop creating? How much control should an artist have over
his work once it enters a public forum? And who should serve as the
gatekeeper for popular art?"
"... In their zeal to liberate music and movies from 'evil'
corporations, pirates might actually be handing the government an
excuse to create a distribution system that makes access to
information far stricter than it's ever been."
"[Copyright attorney David] Nimmer says reports of copyright's
death are greatly exaggerated.... 'There have been constant
cries over the last 50 years that copyright will end, but it hasn't
happened. Copyright always finds a way to accommodate itself to new
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