How to raise the stakes too far with copyright and patent law.

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and their friends (undoubtedly including the big book publishers and their representative associations), have found a new way to push the argument of copy control too far.

Freedom to Tinker has the story and its well worth reading.

On a related note, Michael Crichton has a very interesting essay on the power of patent law. As more people see the unchecked power the multinational corporations have been able to acquire with copyright and patent law, I hope more people will inform their friends and become more interested in efforts to reform these systems, if not seriously consider the effects of abolishing them (in the US, neither are Constitutionally required, both are Constitutionally allowed).

Thanks to Dawn for the tip on the Crichton article.