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Friday, August 29, 2008

Why a good blog has died

Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners.

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It seems pretty telling for someone who is pre-eminent in the intellectual property field, and for whom copyright law puts food on the table, to own up to such a conclusion. He's not alone; Lawrence Lessig has been promoting the "creative commons" for some time as an alternative to copyright. And the Congress, in its wisdom, has pretty much made a dog's breakfast of the statutes, leaving everyone in doubt about what is protected and who can grant a license if it is.

Wow. Very sad read. Allen is right- good ol congress...

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