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Markets Declare Truce In Copyright Wars

Publication Date: 
November 17, 2008
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Author: 
L. Gordon Crovitz

Professor Lawrence Lessig is quoted in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog in a piece about a softening of attitudes in the copyright wars:

Technology and copyright law have been at odds since the beginning of the digital era. Music publishers sued the fans who illegally downloaded songs. Movie studios and book publishers had their lawyers and lobbyists block digital access as best they could. But content owners are finally realizing they're better off helping their customers use digital media than trying to stop the march of technology.

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This vague standard "would have been a classic Washington solution to the problem," Lawrence Lessig said in an interview, "meaning it would have been a nightmare." Mr. Lessig, a Stanford law professor and author of several books on copyright, says the registry is a huge breakthrough because it ends uncertainty. "Establishing who owns what is real progress," he says. "An efficient solution can be found once there is settling of property rights."