Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Resisting change

James Robertson has an interesting link to an Atlantic Online article from 1962 about the jukebox and copyright: They've been wrong forever

Perhaps the lawmakers really couldn't have foreseen in 1909, the year the copyright law was passed, that there ever would be such a universal dispenser of culture as a jukebox. With rare shortsightedness, they passed a special amendment specifically exempting coin-operated music machines from being considered as a public performance.

Universal dispenser of culture... How funny!

Go read the whole article. It's a great read on the lengths people will go to protect via legislation their obsolete business models. People haven't changed, only the technology.

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