Friday, June 23, 2006
Net Neutrality: How bad could it get
Here's a little Pogue parable about a trip to Kinkos [link to original]:
I wanted to duplicate the script of a satirical musical I wrote in college. . . [the Kinkos worker] pointed to the script. “I can’t print that. That’s copyrighted.” I pointed out that *I* was the copyright holder–said so right on the title page. I offered my driver’s license. He sighed regally, fished through drawers on a quest for a waiver form, didn’t find it, gave up . . . [Next, I handed him a flash drive with a jpeg on it.] “It’s a Mac? We can’t print that,” he said.Now suppose this wasn't just some Kinkos guy trying to follow company policy, but the corporate policy, implemented in code, of your mono- or duo-poly Internet connection provider. Just one suggestion of, "How bad? That bad."
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