QuestionCopyright.org doesn't normally focus on economic issues, concentrating instead on the suppressive effects of today's copyright regime on art and creativity. But sometimes a story is just too good to pass up... or in this case, the juxtaposition of two stories.
The first comes from Patrick Ross, executive director of the Copyright Alliance (a strongly pro-copyright group whose backers include the MPAA, NBC, News Corp, Disney, Time Warner, the Business Software Alliance, and Microsoft).
Ross wrote an editorial for news.com entitled "Fair use is not a consumer right". His editorial was a response to Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)'s recent complaint filed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleging that the copyright warnings shown before most movies and broadcasts are intimidating and inaccurate. Which they are, of course. In the words of the CCIA: