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August 30, 2005

Eyes on First

In what has come to be a classic example of intellectual property rights vs the public's right to know, there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that some thoughtful and resourceful people have put up some of the cash necessary to chop through the warren of proprietary fetters on the Eyes on the Prize documentary series. According to this story, The Ford Foundation and Richard Gilder have come to the rescue.

The bad news is that none other than the music industry is tying up this process with their expensive products.

When the controvery over the Downhill distribution arose, I first sided with the free distributors. Shortly thereafter, I changed my mind. Apparently the right words were whispered in the right ears and those who can, did. Or at least it seems that they have. Who knows what the ultimate price tag on this matter may be? But it's clear that at the moment the day has been saved.

Posted by mbowen at August 30, 2005 08:26 AM

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Just passing through, cool blog by the way.

Posted by: HumanityCritic at August 30, 2005 09:03 AM