Sharing digital content is a right, says Intel chief

Consumers have a right to share music, videos and other digital content that they have purchased between their computing devices,...

Consumers have a right to share music, videos and other digital content that they have purchased between their computing devices, and a commercial model needs to be developed that allows them to do so, Intel chief executive officer Craig Barrett said at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Intel spends billions of dollars on research and development, files for thousands of technology patents a year and understands the value of intellectual property, he said. But consumers have an "expectation" that they will be able to use content they acquire legally however they want to.

"There's no simple solution to this," he said. "Law enforcement has a role to play and anyone who grossly violates anybody's content should be severely dealt with."

Equipment makers can also help by using technology that limits the "retransmission" of content. "There also has to be an acceptable commercial model to let people send content over the Internet," Barrett added.

Vendors who sell computers and consumer electronics equipment have made a small fortune selling gear that allows consumers to record and share their digital media, but they are battling entertainment executives who fear that mass piracy will destroy their businesses.

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