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Interesting NYT piece on copyrights and intellectual property

It's encouraging to see a major newspaper acknowledge that there are tough questions surrounding the whole intellectual property issue. The issue is nowhere near as clear-cut as the RIAA, for example, would have us believe. It seems obvious that it is a mistake to treat intellectual property exactly the same as tangible property. New technologies bring new problems, and new problems require new solutions, not the retrofitting of old laws to conform to new realities for which they were not designed. Arriving at the proper answers will not be easy, but at least the discussion has begun within the mainstream media.