You knew that it wasn't going to take long for critics of the Digital Freedom Campaign to make their voices heard. It was bad enough that about a dozen of them showed up to the press conference that launched the Campaign, now Cary Sherman of the RIAA has printed this opinion piece that tries to make supporters of the campaign seem pro-piracy and anti-artist.
Of course, the Campaign is not about legitimizing infringement (I read one pro-industry blog that describes PK, EFF, CEA and our allies as the “Piracy Rights Movement” – nice). It is about preserving the rights of the public under copyright, rights that continue to be diluted by an entertainment industry bent on making consumers pay for every copy on every device they own. You can read my full response to Cary's piece here.
What makes Cary's tutorial on “fair use” so incredibly ironic is that as we speak, RIAA is in a desperate rush to try and get the anti-consumer “audio flag” passed in this lame duck session of Congress. To refresh your recollection, the audio flag would prohibit consumer recording of digital radio transmissions protected by law. No doubt, Hollywood is hot on their heels, trying to get the video flag attached as well. Our colleagues on the Hill tell us the situation is changing by the hour. We'll let you know as things develop.