Saturday, February 23, 2008

The hilarity continues

Not content to sue their customers directly (it's a public relations nightmare), or bribe universities into policing their networks for copyright infringement (easily defeated), the recording industry now feels the only way to stop the copying of music online is to convince lawmakers to force internet service providers (ISPs) to monitor all the traffic that passes through them looking for copyright material. As this intelligent article suggests:

"An analogy may help to illustrate the point. Millions of people use the telephone network for questionable, illegal or unethical purposes. But we would regard it as unthinkable to impose on phone companies a legal obligation to monitor every conversation."

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