"The modern world is digital. We meet people online, we buy things online, we
deal with the government online. But the digital sphere is not just the latest
version of the traditional, analogue world. It is fundamentally different. Once
something is digital, it can be copied perfectly and infinitely. That allows
digital objects to be preserved forever, and shared with everyone.
Or they would be, were they not governed by copyright from the moment that
digital files come into existence. “Modern” copyright was invented in 1710, and
assumes – naturally enough – that only analogue objects are involved. These are
hard to copy, share and preserve, and copyright laws reflect this.
As a result, there is a fundamental, deep and irreconcilable conflict between
the digital world, and traditional copyright. The clout of the copyright
industry around the world means that the unprecedented power and possibilities
of the digital world are not being fully realised, as copyright protection is
privileged over online innovation. In effect, a vast store of digital culture
has been walled up and locked away by copyright – hence this blog’s name."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "“it lives…” my first post - of many, I hope - about
the dysfunctional system we call #copyright, what’s wrong, and how to fix it…"
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics