I’m very pro-copyright, as a recent Updike-related item shows, but not an RIAA-level zealout about it, and if given the chance, I’d remind the White House and Congress of the parallels with the global warming movement. Ignore at your own peril. In fact, certain comparisons have been made between physical ecology and the ecology of culture. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act will reduce the exposure of the wired generation to modern classics, such as The Great Gatsby, that they might otherwise be free to download from the Net.
What’s more, just as with the evangelicals starting to wake up about global warning, the RIAA could eventually see a religious backlash against it beyond one on sex-and-violence matters. We’re talking about raw human greed codified into Hollywood-bought laws. I don’t know if the evangelicals care about Gatsby or piracy of sex-oriented movies, but they just might care about the RIAA’s penchant for such actions as suing honors students in housing projects–and, on occasions, even the dead.