March 27th, 2007

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Odd news from the copyright wars

It's not that I doubt the power of competitive markets, it's just that I don't worship them. I also don't confuse "competitive" with "deregulated."

So I am always pleased when I see competition unfolding and conveying all manner of spluffty consumer benefits, driving down prices, and working just like St. Rand and Uncle Milty promised. Current case in point, the music industry.

Despite a general downturn in the sales of physical CDs, it turns out sales of independent CDs have climbed 30% -- at least according to Derek Sivers of CD Baby. you can see me actually break a news story here: http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/890

Meanwhile, here's an article that asks whether using non-stop music as part of the interrogation techniques at Gitmo violates the copyrights of the music artists in question.
http://money.cnn.com/blogs/legalpad/2007/03/tormenting-gitmo-detainees-with_27.html