Mandating edge-based filtering


The recording industry is now suggesting that copyright filters be imposed on end-users’ machines. This is yet another case where the center/end distinction seems to me to be difficult to apply. If all machines were, through law or market forces, to include copyright filters, should we say that the filter is violating the end-to-end principle? Law and markets can create the effect of center-based alterations without ever actually touching the center.

Of course, that leaves untouched the question of whether we think end-based copyright filters are a good idea.

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