Notromda voted 1 on this story.
-2 points for posting another Napster story, but
+3 points for Bruce Perens, for making a stand
I keep seeing the arguments, but they just keep sounding like a bunch of whiners. Sure, there could be some legitimate uses of Napster and mp3's. Granted, the current method of publication sucks.
Nevertheless, obtaining copies of music that have been copyrighted but licensed to be used in that matter is wrong. There are plenty of laws that describe it as such, and the only way to argue otherwise is to completely throw away the "right" of copyright.
Also, as Bruce said, if people keep stealing copyrighted works, as most Napster users are prone to do, (To say otherwise is just playing ignorance) The result will indeed be a restriction of freedoms in some way or another. When one group infringes on the freedoms of another, government has a tendancy to interfere. In fact, a lot of peole have called this a good thing, when it is applied to racial rights, gender rights, environmental rights... (ooo I can hear the toes getting crunched)
Do you want to have the right to view copyrighted material with the tool of your choice? Better make sure you have permission to do so, or else before long there will be no choice.