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 Thursday, January 17, 2002

Kazaa Suspends Downloads [in NewsBytes]
"Dutch portal Kazaa has announced it is voluntarily suspending downloads of its file sharing software until further notice.... Unconfirmed reports suggest that more than 27 million copies of Kazaa's file sharing software have been downloaded."

Tell me again how this is going to stop downloading on Kazaa?

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Black Hawk Download: Pirated Videos Thrive Online [in The New York Times]
"'There's a huge difference in what people think copyright is and what the corporations think copyright is,' said David Rocci, the founder of Isonews, a Web site that tracks the availability of movies and television shows on the Internet. 'I'm not so sure it's morally wrong for someone to go to 'Lord of the Rings' in the theater two or three times and then download it because they like it.'
But for Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, there is no doubt. "We're fighting our own terrorist war," said Mr. Valenti...."

Does that mean that if librarians fight this legislation because it doesn't have provisions for libraries that we are "terrorists?"  That's just a bit much, Mr. Valenti.  Sheesh.

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