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How to fight the RIAA and DMCA

The FOSS world is up in arms about the RIAA's battle against P2P (peer-to-peer music sharing). This article provides a good overview of some of the issues involved, and the intersection between FOSS, copyrights and digital music.

One of the scariest articles I ever read was Richard Stallman's The Right to Read, a look at a (not-too-distant) future where this right is restricted. If you think this is so off the mark, then think about the fact that multi-billion dollar corporations can shakedown a 12 year-old girl who lives in a housing project in New York, because she downloaded some crappy music. If the RIAA gets its way, Stallman's future is not far-fetched at all.

Some other interesting sites worth visiting on this topic are the Free Software Foundation's Digital Speech Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And the RIAA Radar is really cool.

We raise our kids teaching them that sharing is a good thing. It says it right there in the Bible that gets waved at us all the time. But then we call kids criminals when they do share. There are those of us who remember how in the sixties, teenagers were up in arms (literally) about how hypocritical their parents were. Now these same teenagers have grown up. They've become corporate lawyers, grease the palms of congresspeople to get the DMCA passed, and run the RIAA.

By the way, given the brutish and thug-like behavior of the RIAA, backed by Congress and the DMCA, I would argue it is a legitimate act of civil disobedience to download music through P2P. Soulseek is a great way to relive the sixties. Of course, why anyone would want to download so much of the cr--corporation-created music out there, is a different matter.


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