February 02, 2003
European Commissions Proposal Allows P2P for Personal Use

The EC allows music downloading in antipiracy proposal, where downloading for personal use is okay, but anything commerical would be illegal. It's only a draft, but the entertainment industry is up in arms.

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 02, 2003 01:33 PM

I couldn't help to post to this one... I think this is a really neat idea (back entertainment dogs! back!). It would re-affirm the notion that users are not "pirates" as the entertainment industry argues... I will have to quote Stallman's piece "Words to Avoid" (PDF): "Piracy -- Publishers often refer to prohibited copying as 'piracy'. In this way, they imply that illegal copying is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnaping and murdering the people on them. If you don't believe that illegal copying is just like kidnaping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word 'piracy' to describe it. Neutral terms such as 'prohibited copying' or 'unathorized copying' are available for use instead. Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as 'sharing information with your neighbor'."

Posted by: Joseph on February 4, 2003 11:13 PM
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