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Re: [News] Newspapers and Sony Attack the Internet

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Tuesday 19 May 2009 11:24 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> San Jose Mercury News: No One Reads Us Any More, So Let's Start Charging
>> http://techdirt.com/articles/20090517/2210564914.shtml
>> Sony Pictures CEO: Nothing Good Has Come From The Internet
>> http://techdirt.com/articles/20090515/1301064900.shtml
>> Lawyers: To Save Newspapers, Let's Destroy Pretty Much Everything Else Good
>> http://techdirt.com/articles/20090517/0236594905.shtml
> As Lessig points out in Code v 2, the Internet can hand perfect control of
> copyrighted content to the copyright owner, all but eliminating fair use and
> access to content that one can take for granted in the physical domain.
> Hence, information commons such as GNU and wikipedia are ever more
> important.

And also more popular. The more the conglomerates close down, they more people
they'll turn away.

Charge to read CNN? Then people will read another source.

Closed access to academic journals? Then people will just Google for what's
public, maybe Wikipedia.

They fight a losing battle. Information wants to be free.

- -- 
                ~~ Best of wishes

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and
weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes
and weigh only 1 1/2 tons. -- Popular Mechanics, March 1949
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