February 13, 2012 @ 21:49:28
Why Today's Copyright Laws Make No Sense
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Most people will agree that today's copyright laws make no sense. Many of them would have a hard time explaining why. Here is my take on it.

1. If the only purpose of copyright laws is to create minimal conditions under which talented people are not going to refuse to create, then our copyright laws provide WAY TOO MANY unnecessary rights to copyright owners.

2. If, on the other hand, copyright laws are to protect the vulnerable party that, in absence of such laws, would be unable to sell the results of their work on their terms, then our copyright laws provide WAY TOO MANY “user” exceptions.

3. The worst thing about our laws is that they are expressly attempting to create a balance between the interests of copyright owners and users. Same as creating a balance of interests between rapists and their victims.

4. Before any meaningful debate about modernization of copyright laws can happen, there must be a debate on the foundational level as to WHY we have copyright laws at all.

Categories:Intellectual Property:CopyrightIntellectual Property
 Values:Individual RightsPassion
Additional Tags:PhilosophyFair Dealing
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