• Thinking about downloads
    JP Rangaswami does us all a favour by putting the facts about digital downloads all on one page. This whole situation has arisen because of an unplanned extension of the law on copyright, once only about the origination of cultural artefacts and the regulation of producers and now, because digital every act of use involves a copy, available as a weapon for controlling and then gouging customers. Lord Mandelson should be correcting the imbalance in copyright law back in favour of the consumer. Instead he's allowing himself to be influenced only by the old order desperately attempting to order the tide to turn and consequently over-riding the findings of his own staff.
    (tags: UK Politics Law ThreeStrikes Download Freedom Copyright)