Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

The EFF vs. The RIAA

from the epic-battles dept

USA Today is running a profile of the Electronic Frontier Foundation comparing them to the RIAA. It points out, at the beginning, that the RIAA's new Chairman will get a $1 million salary, which is half the entire annual budget of the EFF. While the article quotes a top lawyer at Verizon (who battled the RIAA against revealing subscriber names) saying that she was surprised at how sharp the EFF folks were, it also quotes a (non-RIAA, but still industry backed) lobbyist saying simply, "The EFF's basic stance on most issues is plain wrong." His reasoning for this is that he's too uncreative to come up with other ways for the music industry to make money. Why is it that people who are so uncreative assume that obsolete business models need to be forced on everyone else, just because they can't come up with a better business model. If he were in charge a hundred years ago, he'd have outlawed automobiles, since he wouldn't see any other way for horse and buggy makers to make a living.

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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Aug 2003 @ 2:32am

    One partisan against another

    I'd be curious if the EFF has the same enthusiasm for telling software companies that all their products should be free. As long as we're at it, why not require supermarkets to give away food for free?

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