A New, Kinder, Gentler IP

  • WIRED: Battling the Copyright Big Boys Lobbyists for movie studios and record labels have long dominated the copyright discussion in Washington, using their power and influence to help craft law favorable to their interests. Now, a group of citizens in favor of a more consumer-friendly copyright policy have formed a political action committee in hopes that the interests of the public can be served, too. “Copyright is supposed to be a balance in the Constitution,” said David Alpert, president of IPac, which launched about a month before the 2004 election. “The government should not be in the business of preventing technology changes just because some companies are afraid it might hurt their existing business models.”
  • It is good to see a group of citizens organizing to protect the rights of consumers. Currently, all the lobbying power lies with the large recording companies and media comopanies. IPac does not condone illegal copying, but it believes that the rights of consumers and innovators should be protected in IP law. One rotten apple should not spoil the pie.

  • WIRED:Battling the Copyright Big Boys The group says it believes that intellectual property laws should be clear so technologists can innovate without being sued.