Napster Judge on Copyright Reform in the US

15 11 2008

Judge Miriam Patel gave a talk about copyright earlier this week, as reported on Wired.

“It was not surprising that the notion of free music caught on,” Patel said at Fordham. “What is surprising is how the industry seemed to be caught so short. While it was fumbling the new ways to distribute digital music at a profit in the new age, savvy innovators were moving full speed ahead. Sadly, it is the artists and composers who have been the most neglected in this matter.”

But legislation is not the answer, she has concluded. “Our copyright laws have become a patchwork of amendments that are adopted as emergencies arise” and as lobbyists representing various interests push legislation. Simply put, the system is too complex and doesn’t properly address music’s present — let alone its future.


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