The End Of Ownership: How Big Companies Are Trying To Turn Everyone Into Renters

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 06:55:04 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210808/17000347325/end-ownership-how-big-companies-are-trying-to-turn-everyone-into-renters.shtml>

"We've talked a lot on Techdirt about the end of ownership, and how companies
have increasingly been reaching deep into products that you thought you bought
to modify them... or even destroy them. Much of this originated in the
copyright space, in which modern copyright law (somewhat ridiculously) gave the
power to copyright holders to break products that people had "bought." Of
course, the legacy copyright players like to conveniently change their language
on whether or not you're buying something or simply "licensing" it temporarily
based on what's most convenient (i.e., what makes them the most money) at the
time.

Over at the Nation, Maria Bustillos, recently wrote about how legacy companies
-- especially in the publishing world -- are trying to take away the concept of
book ownership and only let people rent books. A little over a year ago,
picking up an idea first highlighted by law professor Brian Frye, we
highlighted how much copyright holders want to be landlords. They don't want to
sell products to you. They want to retain an excessive level of control and
power over it -- and to make you keep paying for stuff you thought you bought.
They want those monopoly rents."

Cheers,
       *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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