Publishers And Authors Misguided Freakout Over Internet Archive's Decision To Enable More Digital Book Checkouts During A Pandemic

Wed, 8 Apr 2020 05:28:56 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"This is all a bunch of nonsense. As we've highlighted a few times in
recent weeks, the pandemic has really highlighted just how insane
copyright has become and how unmoored it is from its original intent of
helping to further the spread of knowledge. Instead, it's used as a
giant paywall, to lock up that spread. I know that people have bought
into the ever growing idea of permission culture, but take a step back
and think about how totally messed up it is that people might possibly
have access to the world's knowledge, while being stuck in their homes
during a pandemic... and to have people start yelling "but you don't
have permission to do that." From an outsider's perspective, not brought
up in the myth of permission-culture, the whole concept would sound

Via Glyn Moody.

        *** Xanni ***
--                   Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu             Partner, Glass Wings                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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