onion.to does not host this content; we are simply a conduit connecting Internet users to content hosted inside the Tor network..
onion.to does not provide any anonymity. You are strongly advised to download the Tor Browser Bundle and access this content over Tor.

For more information see our website for more details and send us your feedback.
Notification: BY:
URL:
COMMENT:
Home

The Surprising History of Copyright

About Subjects Reading Lists Librarians Readers Manual Login

Donate Bitcoin
Hackeremblem
and The promise of a Post-Copyright World
Cover by : Karl Fogel
    published :2005
subject :Nonfiction
keywords :copyright, essay
size : 49.4 KiB in cover
3.9 KiB in 11 footnotes
49.1 KiB in 76 paragraphs
~ 27 pages
1,237 downloads
added by : Jotunbane (27 Jan 2016)
score : OnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOn   10
 
 

There is one group of people not shocked by the record industry's policy of suing randomly chosen file sharers: historians of copyright. They already know what everyone else is slowly finding out: that copyright was never primarily about paying artists for their work, and that far from being designed to support creators, copyright was designed by and for distributors – that is, publishers, which today includes record companies. But now that the Internet has given us a world without distribution costs, it no longer makes any sense to restrict sharing in order to pay for centralized distribution. Abandoning copyright is now not only possible, but desirable. Both artists and audiences would benefit, financially and aesthetically. In place of corporate gatekeepers determining what can and can't be distributed, a much finer-grained filtering process would allow works to spread based on their merit alone. We would see a return to an older and richer cosmology of creativity, one in which copying and borrowing openly from others' works is simply a normal part of the creative process, a way of acknowledging one's sources and of improving on what has come before. And the old canard that artists need copyright to earn a living would be revealed as the pretense it has always been.

 
Comments
OnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOn from : Jotunbane (27 Jan 2016)
Very Nice.

Clearly part of the "Reading Club Reading List".

The layout is a little funky, but that's how it is. I found 1 (one) slight mistake.
Colophon
This article is released under free copyright, and may be redistributed, excerpted, and modified without restriction. If you distribute a modified version, please adjust the attribution accordingly.

The source for this article can be found at QuestionCopyright.org.
Up

Radical Militant Library 0.5.5
14 statements, 0.00622 seconds, 2 KiB