A friend of mine just emailed me a snippet of Andrew Sullivan's Blog which contained a link to an article by Lawrence Lessig.
It's a great article, and I think anyone even marginally interested in copyright, piracy, or intellectual property in general should read, and take heed.
I have a question for Professor Lessig (who has been one of my copyright heros ever since I started caring about it):
I sometimes catch myself in my automobile singing Metallica's "Master of Puppets" at the top of my lungs. Now, most of the time the windows are rolled up, but occasionally I realize I have left one of them down. Inevitably, when that happens, I notice that someone else (in a car, on the sidewalk, etc.) is staring at me, quite obviously in awe of the balding, thirty-something white guy with the ability to death-grunt just like Hetfield (and yes, I realize that Hetfield is a likely balding forty-something white guy, but I'm just not as cool as him).
Should I be worried? Oh, goodness, I just realized I admitted to entertaining various passers-by with songs I do not own...
I'm afraid I already know the answer to my question. The recording industry has become so rabid that I'll probably have their jack-booted thugs on my doorstep when I get home today.
Anyway, read the article. Lessig is a prophet.
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