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Re: Dave Farber comments on Re: Major Labels v. Backbones

  • From: senthil ayyasamy
  • Date: Sat Aug 17 06:36:58 2002

>   "David Farber, a University of Pennsylvania
> computer scientist and an
>   early architect of the Internet, filed an
> affidavit in the case, saying
>   it would be relatively easy for the Internet
> companies to block the
>   Internet address of the Web site without
> disrupting other traffic.

  Dave farber's explanation in his IP list regarding
the affidavit. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
> Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2002 5:23 AM
> To: ip
> Subject: IP: Record Labels Want 4 Internet Providers
toBlock 
> Music Site
> 
> 
> Since I provided an affidavit to this filing, I
thought a bit 
> of explanation
> might be illuminating.
> 
> I have long resisted and will continue to resist the
attempts of
> organizations to block access to the net in an
attempt to restrict the
> freedom of speech and the fair use of information on
the internet.
> 
> I am strongly opposed to any attempt to control the
fair use access to
> music, text, pubs etc. This does not seem to  the
issue in this case.
> 
> This case was interesting for several reasons to me.
First 
> the site is an
> egregious  example of a site that exists only to
hold 
> copyrighted music and
> offers a unreachable contact address and false
advertisements 
> in an attempt
> to look proper.  Second, the aim of the case is the
backbone 
> suppliers not
> the local ISPs.
> 
> I have always felt that the law we have on the books
should 
> be followed
> until the law is changed by the congress or the
courts unless 
> there is a
> much much higher ethical imperative that holds.
> 
> This case seemed to be to be a good  case to test
the issues 
> raised by DMCA
> ( a law I believe was fatally flawed in concept and
should be 
> repealed)
> part dealing with copyrighted material on off-shore
sites.
> 
> I will be happy to send any Iper the affidavit on
request. 
> The affidavit
> addressed a set of technical issues and did so in a
very 
> limited context.
> 
> Dave

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