Democratic thinking

Articles on democracy in the independent online media

September 28, 2005

The Internet Library

Corporate business and the peer-to-peer community have reached a stand-off: in a continued debate on accountability it is argued that a compromise must be reached if we wish to maintain our right to access archival material from the web.

The powerful distribution mechanisms of the networked world, particularly peer-to-peer file sharing, present a unique challenge to the rule of law. But at present no one will meet that challenge. While filesharers will not compromise on ultimate freedom, corporations cannot see past the bottom line.

Miriam Clinton argues on open Democracy.


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