Copyright bill may spark battle over who owns what

Peter Nowak, CBC News, May 21, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article raises a good question - if you pay for an iPad, who owns it, you or Apple? If Apple can, under a DMCA or similar legislation, lock the device and prevent, by law, owners from running unauthorized software, it's arguable that you don't own the iPad. We lease homes and cars, but are we ready for a world where we leave household appliances and are told how we're allowed to use them? The CBC article says the upcoming government legislation is "much needed." One wonders, by whom?
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