The Future Of Copyright: Digital Divisiveness

All Jon Johanssen wanted to do when he wrote his own DVD-playing software was find a way to watch movies on his computer. What his software has become is the latest focal point of a controversy that has exploded, in which technology, business and the First Amendment collide. When Emmanuel Goldstein, who runs a hacker magazine called 2600, posted Johanssen's software on a website, eight media companies (including Time Warner, parent company of TIME) sued Goldstein, who also goes by the name Eric Corley. Last Thursday a New York judge ruled in the companies' favor, raising questions about how our legal...

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