The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary is collecting comments on the CBTPA
here are mine:
The CBDTPA is based on 3 delusions.
1.That computers can be prevented from copying.
This is wrong. The most basic definition of a computer, described by Alan Turing in 1936, is a device that reads and copies symbols, and modifies its internal state. He showed that anything capable of doing these is a digital computer. This bill would thus outlaw any Universal Turing machine. This includes the DNA copying mechanism in your cells. Stephen Wolfram has just shown that you can create a universal computer using 2 internal states and 5 symbols. Any Universal computer can emulate any other one, so that the software running on it does not know that it is running on the emulation. Consequently, all copy protection can be subverted in this manner. The only way the stated goals of this bill can be achieved is by outlawing computation itself.
2. That copyright law gives a monopoly over copying.
A better reading of the law gives a monopoly over redistribution to others, and even this is mitigated by fair use. Preventing copying at source is a huge over-reach, and unconstitutional by any reading.
3. That making something uncopyable increases its value.
This is the key mistake from a business point of view. People will pay more for content in a useful form and content that can be copied and transformed is more useful. Ignoring the logical, moral and constitutional issues for a second, this is crazy from a business point of view.
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