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Historical precedent for the RIAA to consider

There was a really interesting post on Techdirt last week entitled History Repeats Itself: How The RIAA Is Like 17th Century French Button-Makers.  From the article, part of a quote from a book by Robert Heilbroner:

Shortly after the matter of cloth weaving has been disposed of, the button makers guild raises a cry of outrage; the tailors are beginning to make buttons out of cloth, an unheard-of thing. The government, indignant that an innovation should threaten a settled industry, imposes a fine on the cloth-button makers. But the wardens of the button guild are not yet satisfied. They demand the right to search people’s homes and wardrobes and fine and even arrest them on the streets if they are seen wearing these subversive goods.

The money quote from the post:

Requiring permission to innovate? Feeling entitled to search others’ property? Getting the power to act like law enforcement in order to fine or arrest
those who are taking part in activities that challenge your business
model? Don’t these all sound quite familiar? Centuries from now
(hopefully much, much sooner), the actions of the RIAA, MPAA and others
that match those of the weavers and button-makers of 17th century
France will seem just as ridiculous.

By the way, take a minute to follow the fine and arrest link.  It is from 2004, but instructive as to the way the RIAA thinks.

(via the Adam Smith Institute Blog

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