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Is copyright really allowing companies to "monopolize entertainment"?
Kazaa, the latest in the p2p file sharing solutions on the computer, was sued a few weeks ago by a consortium of entertainment companies, accused of providing free access to copyrighted music and films. Without denying it, maker Sharman Networks has fought back, today filing a countersuit claiming that "the industries don't understand the digital age and are monopolizing entertainment."
I'm frankly aghast at this stupid waste of the courts time: to me, the Kazaa counter-suit is like me sueing a movie theater for having the temerity to charge for tickets: surely they're monopolizing my ability to see a movie? Or, better, why not sue the bastion of all monopolization of access, the Motion Picture Association of America? Surely their slapping a PG-13 rating on a film means that they've violated the rights of a 10yo film goer?
Really, this case is one example of where the legal system is abused by the right we have to sue anyone for any reason. It's just not logical, and it'll end up costing us taxpayers millions of dollars in court time, preparation, and such.
And does ANYONE at Sherman Networks believe they have a valid case when their key claim is "you don't get it, man"? Sheesh.
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