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CSPAN: ESA Head Talks Shop

Mike Musgrove

I'm appearing on a C-SPAN show called The Communicators this afternoon with Michael Gallagher, the head of the Washington-based videogame trade group Entertainment Software Association.

I've written about Gallagher and his tenure at ESA twice, once when he took the reigns at ESA last year and once this past summer, after a handful of high-profile videogame companies dropped out of the trade group.

If you have any questions you'd like answered, please post away.

By Mike Musgrove  |  December 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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Unfortunately, I didn't catch this until a recent replay on C-SPAN2. I wish you and the moderator really had pressed Gallagher much more forcefully on the "piracy" issue. True to form, he stayed "on message," even calling Rep. Rick Boucher's proposed fair use legislation as an attempt to "water down" the DMCA. (Gallagher's comment presumes the DMCA's control provisions have been the default in copyright law, instead of a recently enacted form of paracopyright that many argue does harm to statutory exceptions to the six exclusive rights.) This could have been an opportunity to press Gallagher on "piracy" and intellectual property, but the moderators did not do an effective job of moving Gallagher off his scripted talking points. Even the "piracy is prolific" comment passed without forcing Gallagher to define "piracy," or provide statistics to buttress his claims.

Posted by: sesogroup | December 8, 2008 8:19 PM

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