March 24, 2007
What refreshing honesty — at least, that’s what this appears like based on Geist’s summary. I still haven’t been able to watch the video for myself.
Nearly a decade after the DMCA passed, both empirical evidence and the insights of the Darknet paper convincingly demonstrate that the DMCA+DRM cannot stop or even slow “Internet piracy.” Yet DMCA defenders so often ignore this, or, instead, turn it into a reason to ratchet up copyright’s restrictions through DRM mandates, harsher secondary liability rules, mandatory filtering by Internet intermediaries, and so on.
I find this stay-the-course mentality completely confounding, and I’m glad that even Bruce Lehman appears to agree. I don’t think we’re in a “post-copyright era,” but it is long past time for a better way forward.