John writes in to point out an excellent article by Fred von Lohmann and Wendy Seltzer talking about the legacy of innovations destroyed by the DMCA. There really isn't anything all that surprising in the article, but it notes that, thanks to the US gov't influencing other countries, we may be killing off all sorts of innovations worldwide. There's an extremely weak rebuttal at the end from Fritz Attaway of the MPAA who claims that we wouldn't have DVDs without the DMCA -- which is flat-out false. Once again, it appears that the entertainment industry is defending the DMCA by conveniently shifting back and forth on what they claim it's designed to do. If it's supposed to have prevented internet copying, then it's failed completely. Every product they offer is available online -- so to claim that the industry is only releasing content now because the DMCA "protects" it is completely false. Instead, the DMCA has succeeded in destroying technologies (as described in the main article) that provided legal customers (the ones who pay money) from making use of their fair use rights.
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