Grokster along party lines?

p2ppolitics.jpg If you watch the EFF’s Fred von Lohman in his debate on C-Span (via BoingBoing) you’ll notice that C-Span inserts three phone numbers: one for Democratic supporters, one for President Bush’s supporters and one for “others.”

Am I idealistic in thinking that Grokster goes across partisan lines? Caricaturing the sides quite a bit, Republicans don’t want liberal Hollywood controlling what kinds of businesses they can start and Democrats don’t want conservative corporations controlling their computers. I don’t recall President Bush ever taking a position on P2P, and I suspect that if Betamax was overturned he’d be upset if his iPod was outlawed.

If I want Big Copyright to file fewer frivolous lawsuits, if I want to use P2P to share music, if I love Larry Lessig, am I a Democrat or Republican?

Ted Olson, who represents Big Copyright in the debate, was Solicitor General for the Bush Administration. Does that mean that President Bush’s side in Grokster consists of “Hollywood-loving left-wing freak shows?”

(Also, about 20 minutes in the RIAA and MPAA’s lawyer tries to pull a Felton but von Lohman calls him on it. w00t)

Lessig on C-Span

Lawrence Lessig, fresh off his gig as Christopher Lloyd on West Wing, will be on C-Span Thursday, March 3rd 2005 as part of its Digital Future series. Spread the word.

Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, is the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, published by Basic Books. He is an expert on the issues of copyright and “copyleft.” He is the inventor of the revolutionary concept and application Creative Commons, which invites the right to use material under specific conditions.

The series “Managing Knowledge and Creativity in a Digital Context” will examine how the digital age is changing the most basic ways information is organized and classified. The goal is to educate the public on what the digital age means to their lives. The events will include a featured speaker, followed by a panel discussion, and a question and answer session with the audience at the venue, and C-SPAN television viewers who submit questions to the experts by electronic mail at

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