Sonia Arrison On Hollywood Hacking

Sonia’s Tech Central Station article on the proposed bill is very good. She hits the nail on the head with

Many of Hollywood’s Internet pirates are also paying customers in real space, putting Hollywood in the strange position of wanting to attack its own customers. Intellectual property is, of course, important both in principle and to the U.S. economy. But new technologies force intellectual property holders to re-examine their beliefs and business models — something that the entertainment industry tried and failed to avoid in the past with the introduction of audio and video cassettes. A similar situation is occurring now.

This theme is echoed in many critiques of such recording industry intransigence, including the Janis Ian article I mentioned earlier.