Software Companies Needs To Ask The Entertainment Industry For Permission?

from the why? dept

The Seattle Times is running an article about some new software from Laplink that, among other things, makes it easy for people to directly share certain folders with one another. This isn’t that impressive or original an idea. However, for some reason, the reporter feels the need to ask whether or not Laplink discussed the idea with the RIAA before launching the product (they didn’t). Why should a company coming up with a straightforward product for sharing folders have to ask for permission from a lobbying group they have nothing to do with? This, apparently, is the state of the tech industry these days. We need to ask permission to innovate. This is a dangerous precedent we’re setting.

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