July 10, 2006 | By Derek Slater

LA Times: "We Aren't All Pirates"

A week after criticizing the entertainment industry for not "giv[ing] users the control and freedom to consume that make file-sharing networks so attractive," the LA Times hits a home run with today's editorial, "We aren't all pirates." Taking on the broadcast flag, audio flag, and analog hole bills, the editorial argues:

"[W]hat the entertainment industry is seeking in this year's proposals isn't merely protection from piracy; it's after increased leverage to protect its business models....

"[The proposals] would impinge on devices that have legitimate uses and steer the development of technology, cutting off some innovation. As they weigh the entertainment industry's pleas, lawmakers shouldn't assume all consumers are bootleggers and every digital device is a hand grenade aimed at Hollywood."

Along the way, the editorial also takes shots at the DMCA and copyright term extension. Bravo to the LA Times for pushing back against these entertainment industry power-grabs.

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