The Today Show ran a terribly uninformed piece on "preloaded iPods," i.e. iPods bought from a 3rd party already filled with music and movies. The show speculated that such iPods might be illegal, but they failed to differentiate between 3rd parties that preload iPods with content the end user does not own and third parties that preload an iPod and send the original CDs and DVDs along with it. The first is illegal (you can't buy one copy of a song or movie and resell it to as many people as you like) while fair use protects the latter case; who cares whether you or a 3rd party copies the content to your iPod so long as you own it? Matt Laurer was open about his ignorance on the subject, but if they're going to take the time to report on it, they must get the facts straight. At this critical time for copyright, it's The Today Show's responsibility to educate the public so they can better understand and respect copyright and more importantly so we can protect our liberties from the record and movie industry lobbies. If the industry had its way, we wouldn't be able to copy anything to our iPods or download movies, and only a small number of people who understand the issues with a much smaller budget are fighting them. The public needs to know what's at stake.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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