Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Fired For Explaining How File Sharing Can Be Legal And Good?

from the ah,-the-over-reaction-of-the-copyright-cartel dept

It's sometimes a little scary the way the recording industry can overreact to things -- often having the opposite consequences of what they intended. The latest miscue, as pointed out by Boing Boing, involves the Spanish Recording Industry Association putting pressure on the Dean of a Spanish University to force the resignation of a lecturer who gave a talk on the legal uses of file sharing networks. Of course, now this story is getting picked up widely, and suddenly a lot more than the 150 people who witnessed the actual talk in a cafeteria (after the Dean had the lecturer's previous two venues taken away) will learn about this. On top of all of this, the Dean is now trying to deny that the guy taught there, and the school has even asked that he remove any links from his site to the school. Yeah, that'll work.

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