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Internet showdown: why digital freedom matters - Dec issue of @newint #opensource #freesoftware #bitcoin #FSF #NI

Internet showdown: why digital freedom matters - Dec issue of @newint #opensource #freesoftware #bitcoin #FSF #NI

The internet is the latest battleground. It’s near impossible to prove that an illegal download represents a lost sale. But that hasn’t stopped the entertainment industry from laying all the losses of the information age at the door of peer-to-peer file-sharers, the people they label ‘pirates’. The shifting digital landscape poses a major challenge to artists and culture makers. But it would be better to help artists develop new, innovative business models than to impose punitive anti-piracy measures. These bills and trade pacts short-cut due process and are futile in an age of easy copying, according to the Social Science Research Council’s independent and exhaustive study, ‘Media piracy in emerging economies’

Full article: http://www.newint.org/features/2012/12/01/open-source-dig...

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