Friday, January 12, 2007

I had to double-check the date

Ralph Oman, former Register of Copyrights: "Without security for the content and certainty of payment, the internet will not attract the really valuable content.... The internet will remain an email convenience and a haven for hackers, pirates, and porno creeps."

Yes, this was published in 2006. Consistent with Mr. Oman's hopes, it is not available on the free internet. See Ralph Oman, How Digital Rights Management Will Save Authorship in the Age of the Internet, 84 Denv. U. L. Rev. 7, 7 (2006).

1 comment:

Frank said...

Unbelievable. Thanks for the heads-up on this astonishing dismissal. One wonders if Ralph can turn a computer on.

Kinda reminds me of Sumner Redstone's all-too-telling account of the place of the artist in an age of Napsterization: "If people are giving away milk for free, who's gonna feed the cows?"