I spent some time during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with people from the Digital Freedom Campaign, a group of innovators, artists, students and consumers who know that they also have rights in the copyright debate and who want to make themselves heard.
I spoke recently with Jake Ward, a spokesperson for the Digital Freedom Campaign. Our wide-ranging conversation addressed fair use, CD ripping, network neutrality, the MPAA and RIAA, and legislation pending in Congress.
A time index to our conversation follows:
Index and topics:
00:15 Overview of DFC, sponsors, participants
01:23 Focus on grass roots, legislation?
02:10 How do the grass roots, musicians, artists, etc. support DFC activities?
03:13 How does the DFC distinguish between personal use and piracy?
04:14 DFC perception of MPAA, RIAA, P2P filesharing
05:12 Copyright law, ripping CDs, fair use
06:10 DFC concern with video, other media types
07:12 Current DFC legislative agenda
08:28 Working against possible extensions to copyright law that would be unfair to consumers
09:13 DFC on Comcast, ATT's interruptions of P2P traffic
10:54 MPAA revised its estimate of losses attributed to students
11:51 Declining record industry revenue from CDs, increasing digital music sales
12:32 Thank yous and goodbys