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May 29, 2002
"Our solution is that the music industry has got to get together among themselves and find a common way to do this. They'll have to get hardware people in, the Internet people in--and start building a new business model instead of saying, 'Stop this.' You can't stop it. CD burners shouldn't be considered contraband. "
May 29, 2002
"The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and its predecessor organizations have been fighting digital piracy longer than any other trade association in the world. During the 16 years we have combated digital piracy we have gained invaluable experience as to what anti-piracy policies are effective and what level and type of Government involvement is appropriate and necessary. Based on our years of experience in this area, we believe that S. 2048, the 'Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act,' is bad policy and establishes unwarranted and intrusive level of Government regulation into the development of technology." However, the SIIA is pro-DMCA.
May 29, 2002
"Politicians have no legitimate authority to outlaw the development of entire categories of computing technology. [...] Content providers should be supported in their privately driven copy protection efforts. But they must not be allowed to sabotage the freedom of engineering that the technology industry absolutely cannot do without."
May 27, 2002
It may be the case that by publishing an article about using magic markers to defeat CD copy protection, Reuters has violated the DMCA and could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.
May 27, 2002
May 23, 2002
Philips agrees that the BPDG "threatens the fair-use rights of the consumer and introduces unnecessary levels of complexity and cost in consumer devices."
May 14, 2002
"Copyright law has always tried to strike a delicate balance between the rights of content creators to be compensated for their work and the rights of consumers to use what they have paid for. But the development of digital media and Big Media's attempt to completely control it have destroyed the delicate equilibrium that is copyright law."
May 08, 2002
Jamie Kellner, CEO of Turner Broadcasting, states that users who skip commercials are "stealing the programming."

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