Copyright's New Digital Guardians

A high-stakes battle is raging in cyberspace over copyright protection. Traditional book publishers, record companies, and moviemakers want extensive copyright safeguards on the Net. Netizens protest that such rules can be arrogant incursions into a medium based on free access to information. Yet even as they tussle, both sides hope that new technology will bridge the divide between them--offering ways to prevent the theft of copyrighted work without clamping down too hard on Net ways.

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