Have Copyright Issues Overtaken First Amendment Issues?
from the censorship-gives-way-to-cease-and-desist dept
The NY Times reports from a conference where the big discussion seemed to be whether copyright issues have taken over for First Amendment issues in things that concern artists. It seems that artists are much more worried these days about receiving a cease-and-desist letter than being outright censored. Censorship is moving from a government-protecting-decency issue to a corporation-protecting-profits one. Of course, not everyone agrees with this, but it does sound about right to plenty of people. Corporations are going overboard in their attempts to protect copyright, while governments have certainly become less picky about outright censorship.