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Thursday, October 14, 2004
Article: Are the copyright wars chilling innovation?  
Interesting article in Business Week (11 October 2004, p. 210) on the effect of DMCA and (possible effect of) Induce on the tech industry in the US. Also discusses how academics are being dissauded from investigating certain problems in computer-security related research, and of tech companies being coerced into cutting features from their media software. Something worth remembering from the article:

In time this could threaten the delicate balance between copy protection and technical innovation. The intent of copyright law in the U.S. is to promote learning and innovation while giving artists, musicians, and writers a limited monopoly on their work. The goal isn't to assure that artists or intellectuals make oodles of cash.