Re: [rumori] Re: Burned?

From: Don Joyce (
Date: Sun Apr 28 2002 - 10:04:17 PDT

Sure Steev, good ideas are sometimes dangerous, but they're also better
bets than bad ideas which are also dangerous. Nothing is going to stop
these very same fears of yours (and mine) from being implemented in the
present Internet, and in fact that is exactly what is being planned by many
private interests. So I opt for Gov. oversight in a good idea than no
public oversight in a bad one.

Do you object to number recall on your telephone? There are plenty of
useful and desirable reasons to monitor media traffic without the
participant's identities being archived anywhere. I'm suggesting we do that
BY LAW instead of leaving it all up to the selfish and uncontrolable whims
of private commerce, who will do it for sure under the guise of "marketing
data" eventually.

>on Sat, 27 Apr 2002 Don Joyce told me:
>->My idea has nothing to do with copy protection - there would be
>->none on-line because all Net content could be free for the
>->taking. Copying content there would become ENCOURAGED(!)
>->because the more you are copied, the more you will be paid.
>->It's a complete reversal of the status quo, eliminating the
>->entire concept of digital "crime" and effectively removing the
>->entire concept of copyright enforcement from on-line
>->activities. As for tracking, I see only a little ugh, not a big
>->or even important one, because it would ONLY read what you are
>->doing in terms of content transferrance, NOT that it is you
>->doing it or why. Neither would it stop you from doing whatever
>->you want to do, and it
>that's great if you could get it to happen exactly that way. i'm
>just saying, it would only take a little bit more to *add*
>features to the system that would invade privacy and prohibit
>certain behaviors. so while you're pushing for that, the
>corporations that want more are pretending to help you and work
>with you and then at the last minute they're pushing through
>their big-brother add-ons. it's just too dangerous, IMHO.
>To be clear: you're talking about a great theory, i agree, but
>I'm talking about what would (or might) happen if it really
>turned into public policy. scary. I'd rather just not go there. I
>don't want my computer or my walkman or my TV sending any
>information to anything anywhere, for any reason, unless i tell
>it to.
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