DMCA Architect Says Law Hasn’t Achieved Goals

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.

One Response to “DMCA Architect Says Law Hasn’t Achieved Goals”

  1. March 27th, 2007 | 4:28 pm

    Derek-

    Others have had the same problem viewing the video. To make it easier, I copied the stream and clipped Bruce Lehman’s section. It’s available in a flash player from splashcast media here: http://web.splashcast.net/catalog/channel_details.aspx?code=RKIO7141NB

    The entire video is available on google video at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4162208056624446466&q=digital+dystopia