posted Apr 12, 2001

Just Compensation
Music & MP3
4/12/2001; 8:34:10 AM

'In finding that balance [between cable television and broadcast television], Congress kept separate two questions the [music] labels want you to confuse. One question was whether broadcasters should be paid for their content. Answer: Yes. The second question was whether broadcasters should have the power to control innovation in cable TV by deciding whether cable could run broadcasters' content. Answer: Absolutely not. While broadcasters and copyright holders were entitled to compensation for their content, the right to compensation did not have to mean the broadcaster's right to control. Cable providers had to pay for what they "stole," but they had, under Congress' law, a fundamental right to steal.'

What can I say? I'm a sucker for analysis based on de-conflating conflated arguments. 


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