Wednesday, March 01, 2006

BBC: file sharing is not theft

BBCA producer of BBC Newsnight, who screened a by-all-accounts-awful piece on BitTorrent last week, is very sorry! (Via Boing Boing):

File sharing is not theft. It has never been theft. Anyone who says it is theft is wrong and has unthinkingly absorbed too many Recording Industry Association of America press releases. We know that script line was wrong. It was a mistake. We're very, very sorry.

If copyright infringement was theft then I'd be in jail every time I accidentally used football pix on Newsnight without putting "Pictures from Sky Sport" in the top left corner of the screen. And I'm not. So it isn't. So you can stop telling us if you like. We hear you.

I'm speaking at a Guardian conference next month on the related subject of Digital Rights Management (aka Defective Retail Merchandise).

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