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Saturday, January 18, 2003

Last night PBS NOW broadcast an excellent documentary on copyright in America, Tollbooths on the Digital Highway. Jack Valenti and Pat Schroeder spoke for the content industry, while Eben Moglen, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Nancy Kranich, and Jim Griffin spoke for reform. Rick Karr narrated. PBS offers a transcript but not a webcast of the show. (Thanks to Jason Bobe for the link.)

Quoting Jim Griffin: "You know, equalizing access to knowledge is one of the hallmarks of a civilized society. Depriving people of access to knowledge based on the size of their parents' wallet is a hallmark of a despotic society." Quoting Siva Vaidhyanathan: "We're allowing the content holders, the content producers, to have a...remarkable amount of control over the manner and amount and re-use of all this material. We don't want to build a cultural environment, in which the media companies have that much control over our daily lives."