Comments: George Monbiot: "Thanks to corporations, instead of democracy we get Baywatch"

Larry Lassig is out of his mind. Who wants Congress to interfere. First of all let me emphasize that I'm not music enthusiast and I'd not download music or anything even if it had the blessing of RIAA. But RIAA is out of its Mind just kike Larry Lassig in suing people who download the music because it has an alternative to suing people to stop the downloading of the music Cold. RIAA is spending 100's pof millions of dollars to pay attorney fees to sue people which it does because it knows that the people it sues are not able to hire the attorneys to defend themselves and will settle. Shame on RIAA for suing because of this reason.

RIAA should fund the cdevelopment of a server side web browser that will limit the client role to sending browsing data to the server and the role of the server should be changed so that it will not send any files to the clients. Instead the server will process all the data itself.

When this is done there will be no file swapping or file downloading.

Posted by Satish Bhardwaj at September 14, 2005 06:12 PM

That's a pretty silly idea, Satjish, for a number of reasons, the foremost reason being that data on the web is not "viewable" unless it is somehow *transferred* to the client. Your understanding of the technology is deeply flawed.

Regardless, no one, including the RIAA, is going to stand for (or want to pay for) a complete overhaul of the way the web works that would result in a clunkier, slower user experience. Nevermind the fact that the web has little to do with P2P. The Internet is not the web, the web is not the Internet.

Posted by David Warde-Farley at September 15, 2005 02:12 AM

Surely this is "Thanks to the Chinese government, instead of democracy the Chinese get Baywatch"?

While it's not very ethical of the corporations to collaborate, the alternative in China isn't unfiltered internet, it's no internet. This is a classic and bizarre piece of activist politics I see a lot of where blame is put on Westerners but not on foreigners who are doing worse things.

I'm not sure what you mean by "They can write these things in UK publications".

Posted by Peter Clay at September 16, 2005 03:36 AM

Peter: I meant discussing "commercial interest". That sort of analysis is marginalized in the US.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at September 19, 2005 02:00 PM