There are two things to be certain of this century:
1. Everything that can be expressed as bits will be expressed as bits
2. Bits will only get easier to copy
The entertainment companies are convinced that their businesses depend on copy-proof bits. This is ridiculous: there's no such thing, there never will be. Governments that try to protect businesses that demand copy-proof bits are like governments that try to protect businesses on the sides of volcanoes, who demand an immediate end to business-disrupting lava. If the current entertainment companies can't or won't adapt to a world of bits, that's too bad. Let them die, and let new businesses that thrive in the new technological reality take their place. If you can't stand the heat, get off the volcano.
Jan 22, 2006
New broadcast flag legislation is out already in 2006, EFF makes funny lava analogy:
Posted by wharman at 1:47 AM