Friday, July 30, 2004

Free Speech Implications of INDUCE

John Battelle and Joi Ito comment on the potential free speech implications to be wrought by IICA.

Joi Ito: With more powerful cameras and PCs, video and Flash have become important mediums for free speech. They are increasingly being used for political action. The integration of blogs and p2p technology for sharing these videos like the BitTorrent link above from Lessig are a good example. I believe this is substantial non-infringing use.

John Battelle: In other words, the INDUCE act could kill a lot more than p2p (or the iPod or even search), it could kill free expression and political discourse. Like, for example, the use of BitTorrent to discuss with and inform the public about an important political development...

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