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Digital Music’s Lost Decade

Tim Lee has written a wonderful account of the legal and regulatory barriers that have blocked progress in digital music for the past decade for Ars Technica. Content providers have worked tirelessly to kill remote storage DVRs and many other innovative consumer technologies. They are leading an insane charge against “deduplication” that have proved an enormous boon to technology users, and if they succeed they will saddle us with far less efficient alternatives. The underlying story, of lazy, rent-seeking insiders gaming the political system and the judiciary to fend off innovative entrepreneurs, is a familiar one. But that doesn’t make it any less infuriating. 

Reihan Salam is president of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.

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