The Wrong Way To Fight Copyright Violations

from the flawed-and-dangerous dept

Doug Isenberg’s latest column takes the music industry to task for their rapidly filed (and just as rapidly withdrawn) lawsuit against backbone providers to stop all access to the site While he agrees that Listen4Ever was clearly violating copyright laws, trying to force backbone providers to block access to the site would set an awful and dangerous precedent. He even points out that if they could do that, in theory, they could also sue the various browser makers for allowing access to sites they don’t like. If it weren’t for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Opera, his modest proposal argument goes, you wouldn’t be able to reach Listen4Ever either. As he says, the problem with Listen4Ever isn’t access, it’s infringement. They should sue for the copyright infringement, not for the simple access of the site.

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