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Adam Brate discusses meeting Justin Hughes, the author of the DMCA. As he writes:

The ensuing conversation was very interesting, with us each arguing our point of view--he used the anti-lockpicking analogy and talked about all the jobs lost at Universal Music in recent years, I discussed how 2600 Magazine (whose conference I recently attended) gives the kind of creative freedom and hope to kids that allow them 10, 20 years around to be this country's engineers, IT executives, and scientists instead of the next Dylan Kliebold.

We were coming from starkly differing ideological perspectives, so there wasn't much middle ground in our conversation, but he certainly was personable. I tried to be polite, but I did close the conversation with the line, "You have done a great disservice to your country." He's the anti-Lessig.

You gotta admire someone who would admit being the enemy of free digital culture at a political blogger party.

Originally posted to The Cunctator on Thu Jul 29, 2004 at 07:31 AM PDT.

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  •  Not Really (none)

    Most of the types who write and endorse things like the DMCA think they really are doing the right thing, that they're being technologically savvy and moral. He probably had no idea that his admission could provoke a negative reaction, and still doesn't think it did. He wasn't admitting it, he was bragging. And the anti-lockpicking analogy's complete and total bull.

    After all, you've bought and own a copy of, say, a DVD. If we treat it, as he seems to think it should be, like a house with locks that we don't have keys for. But since we own a house, we should be able to get a digital locksmith (like, say, DeCSS) to unlock it for us. The DMCA prevents us from doing this.

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