Digital World Dilemma
"It's important to look at the broader social impact," said Clifford Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. "I worry a great deal as we see content as artifacts become seen as services."
These sentiments were echoed by Congressman Billy Tauzin (R-LA), also chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "If we're not careful in a fight to protect intellectual property in a digital age, we could decrease consumers' rights," he said. He subsequently warned "The play button cannot become the pay button."
The day's discussions often boiled down to the issue of fair use, a term that did not come easily defined. "I think we need a fair-use rehabilitation act," joked James Neal, dean of university libraries, Johns Hopkins University. But Neal's remarks were not entirely in jest. "The digital networking environment has raised the debate of how ambiguous (fair use) can be."