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Bits Debate: Should Internet Providers Block Copyrighted Works?

Bits @ The New York Times, January 15, 2008:

This week, Bits will host a debate about copyright issues and technology between Rick Cotton, the general counsel of NBC Universal, and Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School. Today's question relates to an idea that Mr. Cotton has championed that Internet service providers should use technology that identifies copyrighted works that are being sent over their networks and blocks their transmission.

Tuesday's Question:

Assuming that creators do have the right to block the unauthorized use of their work, should third parties not directly involved in the sale of that content, like Internet service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, create technology that restricts the copying or transmission of copyrighted material?

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