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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Commentary on MovieLabs, from Princeton prof

Ed Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton. And he's got some sharp commentary on this week's announcement of MovieLabs.

The gist is of his post is that now that the studios are going to try to develop their own anti-copying, anti-camcorder, anti-swapping, and anti-piracy technology, they're going to discover just how hard it is. That, Felten writes, will force them to acknowledge that maybe not all illicit content trading can be stopped.

That's just what many people in the tech sphere have been arguing all along. They say you need to make content easier to acquire legally than it is to get illegally, and stick a reasonable price tag on it. Case in point: the iTunes Music Store, now the leader in legal music downloads.

Well worth a read.


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