Changing the Copyright Debate

Rob Hof

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Grokster decision, a lot of tech folks in Silicon Valley are licking their wounds over the apparent rebuff to their ability to release technology that might allow copyright infringement. Wrong attitude, Jotspot CEO Joe Kraus told the audience at a panel at AlwaysOn's Innovation Summit at Stanford. Kraus, who previously founded to lobby Washington for less restrictive copyright laws, said the Valley needs to reframe the debate. "Stop fighting on Hollywood's turf," he said--that is, stop trying to make copyright the issue, because Hollywood has too much ammunition behind it. Instead, he said, the Valley needs to point out that unfettered technology means jobs, jobs, jobs. That, he thinks, is the only thing that will get legislators' attention.

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