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Copyright and the Speed Limit by ProQuest


When Macrovision bought the venerable TV Guide, it was reasonable to ask to what extent will Macrovision implement digital rights management (DRM) that could force electronics manufacturers to engage in what one New York Times writer called "electronic vigilantism." The theory is that in an era that synonymizes copyright with absolute and complete control over digital content, mergers or alliances between content companies and electronic companies may restrict any use that is not explicitly paid for or allowed. This preoccupation with control is most obviously stated in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which makes the circumvention of DRM schemes illegal. Parochial, total control approaches to copyright are never what copyright law was intended to promote.

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