Digital Freedom Campaign

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Technology companies took aim at the film and recording industries yesterday for their efforts to restrict how consumers use movie and music downloads.

The Digital Freedom Campaign plans to teach lawmakers, policy-makers and consumers the value of new digital technologies.

"The Digital Freedom Campaign is a way for all of us who are trying to preserve [consumer] rights and protect innovation and come together under one umbrella to make our voices heard loudly and clear," said Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a Washington advocacy group focused on consumers' digital rights. "We're tired of saying no, we want to say yes to consumer rights, innovation, creativity and competition."

More here.

Contributing Editor Mike Godwin reported on the battle between content and computer companies in the 2002 story "Hollywood vs. the Internet."

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  1. Godwin: It’s not just a good idea, IT’S THE LAW!

  2. Damn! It really works. Invoking Godwin doesn’t just mean a thread is over, it can abort a thread before it has a chance to live.

  3. Why can’t we all just live in a world where it’s illegal to steal movies, and if you do steal movies, the industry will sue somebody who didn’t steal the movie? That way, the studios can be consumer friendly while suing the heck out of those darned innovators, er, pirates. We also should start suing gun companies for the killers who used guns, McDonald’s for anybody with too much fat and Tobacco companies for forcing us all to smoke. Well, we should also sue Hollywood for that, too.

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