Smithsonian's deal with Showtime: attorney point/counterpoint
Boing Boing, publication date: 7 April 2006
"Fred Von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation replies, point by point:
'1. This is not an attempt to limit access; rather, it will result in increased exposure for the Smithsonian collections, experts and programs (...).'
Notice the double-speak in the response -- the Smithsonian says the arrangement will result in increased "exposure". That's obviously not the same as increased "access". The Showtime deal will obviously limit **access** to the collection -- that's what commercial exclusivity means. "