The makers of Kazaa are suing record companies for copyright infringement. It seems the companies have been pursuing downloaders using unauthorized copies of their software.
To tell the truth, I hope the downloaders win their battle with the entertainment industry, because I think it would be better for culture if the culture business were abolished. There would still be song and drama, just less money in it. I expect there would be more live performance, less electronics, and much less hype. Would that be so bad?
Copyright is an artificial arrangement and not a natural right. It ought to be judged by public utility, as the United States constitution suggests. It seems obvious that the term of protection—recently extended to 95 years—is far too long. Beyond that, it’s not clear to me that granting property rights in intangible intellectual and artistic productions is a good idea. Is art, music and thought better now than before modern copyright came in? Would we become a nation of Philistines if such things were separated from big money?