The title link is to an article on the U.S. Supreme court considering the case of
This case has the potential to change how our legal system views tools that can be put to both good and bad purposes. VCRs, cassette recorders, CD burners,
In support of the music industry (most likely the artists), the justices agreed that file-sharing services are hurting the industry and allowing users to violate copyright laws.Cases like these really make me wish that the Supreme Court Justices were not able to sit on the bench for the rest of their lives. I find it hard to believe that all of the Justices can grasp the full potential of this technology, given that many of them lived most of their lives before personal computers and digital files existed.
I understand that these are bright legal minds considering issues of law, but I have my doubts that they are really qualified to judge technology that they are unlikely to have used and unlikely to consider a part of their contemporary culture. I truly hope that their lack of experience with this technology does not cause them to dismiss its positive value when they eventually rule on this case.