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Article posted Feb 23 2012, 6:17 AM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Al Jazeera Print

The answer to piracy is innovation, not more copyright laws

New ideas about how to distribute content while being user-friendly and setting low fee are the way forward.
by Trevor Timm


In an op-ed published by Al Jazeera on February 18, Princeton ethicist Peter Singer argued that the "case for enforcing copyright laws was strengthened" by the recent seizure of popular file-sharing site Megaupload's domain name, along with the arrest of its owner Kim Dotcom. If copyright law is not vigorously enforced, he says, the economy will suffer, and authors, musicians and directors may soon not have a reason to create content anymore.

Contrary to Prof Singer's claims, the Megaupload case actually shows the dangers of draconian enforcement of copyright laws, which have recently been enforced at the expense of both free speech and US businesses. And despite misleading rhetoric from organisations such as the MPAA and RIAA, both creativity and the entertainment industry itself are thriving.

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