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July 09, 2006

Copyright Stupidity Bites the Family Values Crowd

A lot of families don't like profanity or nudity in their films, so companies like CleanFlix purchase movies from Hollywood, edit out those portions, then resell the films to those families.

Well, a federal judge has declared this whole business an illegal violation of copyright law. This is a terrible ruling and it just adds to the rigidity of our copyright laws, which increasingly prevent people from modifying existing cultural resources-- even if they pay the original copyright holders.

Analysts like Larry Lessig in his book Free Culture have highlighted how this rigid modern version of copyright is shrinking the domain of cultural resources that the population can modify as needed for their own needs and enjoyment.

If the tech freedom folks want a killer coalition campaign, it's to come out in defense of CleanFlix and related firms and demand that copyright law be modified to expand the freedom to modify all cultural content once it's been purchased.

Posted by Nathan at July 9, 2006 06:56 AM