Digital World Dilemma
Profit vs. Fair UseBy David Dritsas
WASHINGTON, D.C.—"I've never seen so much seriousness over bullshit." Those were the words of Chuck D, rap artist and founder of rapstation.com, summing up the events that have surrounded the Napster controversy. He had just come in from a Recording Industry Association of America press conference, which occurred right next door to The Digital Download: Public Access to Content in a Digital World conference held by the Consumer Electronics Association early last month.
But if the conference showed anything, it was that many in the industry, as well as government officials, are approaching the topic with great concern. The general debate surrounding digital copyright is affecting everything from digital audio/video, DVD recording and eBooks to digital archiving by institutions, not just MP3s and Napster. Panel discussions at the conference questioned impacts on business, consumers' and society's attitudes in general. "An entire generation has come to believe that music is free," said Cary Sherman, executive senior vice president and general counsel for the RIAA.
A Question of Fair Use