Better Bad News has another better idea

by Yule Heibel on July 6, 2005

Thanks to a pointer from Shelley, I got my comic relief fix today at Better Bad News‘s latest hilarious send-up entitled Tech Conference Floats Open Intonation Standard / Code Name / Yellow Submarine. It occurs to me that I should visit their site more often.

BBN‘s latest skit has a sharply barbed stab at copyright law and the lengths to which established (read: corporate) interests will go to defend it. Their idea is, if it’s going to be possible to sue the makers of file-sharing software that’s used to pirate entertainment, then perhaps it will also be possible to sue the makers of firearms. As BBN suggest, download-software is file-sharing software, and a gun is bullet-sharing hardware. So why not make the manufacturers responsible if that bullet-sharing device is used in a criminal act? Hey, RIAA, makes sense, don’t it? And as someone pointed out in comments, why not hold automobile manufacturers liable, too?

I know: why not just put everyone in jail, prophylactically?


jr July 7, 2005 at 1:20 pm

I also thought of the posibility of suing makers of guns, alas the internet has not yet created a competing delivery method for bullets. No competition no reason reason for the Supreme Court to get involved.

Yule Heibel July 7, 2005 at 9:25 pm

Yeah, it’s the freedom of the internet they appear to have it in for. The internet is certainly a huge part of my sense of freedom (to learn, to get information, as well as to disseminate information [and nonsense, as the case may be]), whereas I could never imagine that a daily dose of wielding a gun would give me that sense of access, connectedness, and (yes:) power.

Anonymous September 17, 2005 at 5:08 pm

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