Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Where's Irony? Just go straight down Democracy, take a sharp left at Profit."

Consider the two quotes below, and see if you can tell me the difference - because I can't...

"...There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or a corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped,or turned back, for their private benefit...."

- Robert Heinlein, Life-Line, Published: 1939

"...the House Education and Labor Committee unanimously passed the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007. Among other things, the COAA would require colleges and universities to adopt strict antipiracy policies and possibly offer students access to subscription-based music services like Napster...the bill would put colleges and universities on the front lines of the war against file-sharing. As part of the financial aid administration process, schools would have to inform students about their official policies about copyright infringement, as well as possible civil and criminal penalties. They would also have to "develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity..."

- Eric Bangeman,, Published: 11/15/2007

1 comment:

flyingvan said...

There really isn't much of a difference. There's sort of a guise that it's for the common good (keeping educational opportunities, keeping money flowing) But both statements show the lack of trust in a free market