Sun May 26, 2002

Copyright Law and Bathroom Breaks

James Kellner is the chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting. In a recent interview, he suggested repeatedly that people who skip TV commercials are violating their contract with TV companies who provide ad-supported programming. He generously conceded that “there’s a certain amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom.”

While you’re wondering where you put that contract you signed with the major broadcast networks, read some more from the interview and learn about the Top Ten New Copyright Crimes that people like Kellner might have in mind for you. LawMeme, incidentally, is a good source for informed commentary on copyright law, information technology and innovation. You can also read a survey article [pdf] of mine on this general topic (with a focus on artistic and cultural goods) that’s forthcoming in the Journal of Political Philosophy.