Monday, October 24, 2011

Something to think about

From an old Ars Technica article about the Darknet:

As Pirate Party chairman Rickard Falkvinge points out, there is a fundamental incompatibility between enforcement of contemporary copyright law and the cherished freedoms of a democratic society: "there are much more fundamental values at stake here than copyright," says Falkvinge. "The new technology has brought society to a crossroads. The only way to enforce today's unbalanced copyright laws is to monitor all private communications over the Internet. Today's copyright regime cannot coexist with an open society that guarantees the right to private communication."

Cory Doctorow has been speaking eloquently on this subject for years. If you're not already aware of his thoughts, here's an example a short version and here's an example of a long version.

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