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@Matt Nobody's misinterpreting anything. Fair use does not--absolutely does not--require that you be commenting on the copyrighted work. Any more that a college student's paper needs the copyright owner's permission to quote from a book or article not on the topic of the quoted book or article. As Cory Doctorow puts it: Computers are devices for copying bits and it's never going to get any easier to copy bits than it is now. Treating your customers like thieves isn't likely to improve business, and file-sharers aren't affected by DRM. I pay top-dollar for the latest movie and I get a crippled movie; if I download a copy, gratis, with the assistance of The Pirate Bay or another torrent tracker I get a copy someone (probably a script kiddie somewhere) has helpfully stripped the DRM from. Clearly the entertainment industry hasn't thought this through well enough. I can, though I don't need to be able to, remove the DRM myself, but why do that to a paid copy when it's easier to just download it without the DRM for free. This question is not academic, since the DMCA makes it illegal to remove the DRM, ONLY thieves get unhampered copies. It's a great way to ensure that people who would otherwise pay figure they may as well steal it.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2010 on YouTube vs. Fair Use at Coding Horror
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