October 12, 2004
Ernest makes a nice point here. Congress came dangerously close to passing some horrible laws. Yes, we’re not out of the woods yet, yes, we still lost with the broadcast flag, and, yes, the RIAA/MPAA remain generally more powerful. But look at how far public interest and technology-side lobbying has come. A year and a half ago I noted how much our side has improved – consider how much more there is than when the DMCA was being drafted. We’re doing even better today. It would be nice if we could spend more time on offense (e.g., the Boucher bill), but we have to play good defense first - slowing these bills down is a necessary and important step in the right direction.
Also, it’s been a decent year in terms of court victories. There’ve been real rotten ones, like the bnetd case, but we also got rulings like Skylink, Grokster, and OPG v. Diebold.