Jim Winstead makes me feel guilty for just having bought a pile of stuff from Amazon. He references an article in L.A. Times about how hollywood and the technology companies are teaming up to destroy the public domain.
Sometimes I am optimistic and believe in the strength of the geeks around the world to keep things available for us on reasonable terms. Sometimes I hope that the rest of the world won't jump on it and it'll keep us sane over here too.
But sometimes I really worry. Imagine when your grandchildren will say "tell us the story again about when you owned the movies you buy and had them on those ... uh .. disks. Could you really just play them for free? Did independent artists really do their own distribution.".
But then I remember that David Bowie said that he thinks copyright is dead (very soon). Or maybe he said that the record companies will die very soon; I forget which. I hope he is right. It will be an interesting time. :-)
Somewhat related Mark Pilgrim has an entry about new 'entertainment' PCs.