Do us a favour, and we’ll take you to court

The rift between early adopters of new technology and vested interests has never seemed so clear.

File-sharing increases the public’s exposure to new acts and new films, and works as huge free advertizing campaigns.

What do the record and film companies do? They sue the file-sharers.

Site make-overs alert organizations to the usability and accessibility problems their sites might have. What do some site owners do? They sue the make-over-makers.

Of course, it is the record companies’ right to decide themselves how and when they go bankrupt. It is the site owners’ right to get prosecuted or sued for breaking disability laws. Yet somehow I cannot shake the notion that a little bit more understanding would go a long way.

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