Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Tyranny of Copyright (nytimes.com)

It's about time .

The New York Times finally comprehensively reports on CopyLeft, Free culture, obsolete entertainment industry business models, and a revolution which is basically a downhill battle.

The Tyranny of Copyright (nytimes.com):

''We are invoking ideas that should be central to the American tradition, such as that a free society is richer than a control society,'' he says. ''But in the cultural sphere, big media wants to build a new Soviet empire where you need permission from the central party to do anything.'' He complains that Americans have been reduced to ''an Oliver Twist-like position,'' in which they have to ask, ''Please, sir, may I?'' every time we want to use something under copyright -- and then only if we are fortunate enough to have the assistance of a high-priced lawyer.
This kind of public exposure to these ideas is extremely important. However, they miss the mark in leaving out the Creative Commons VCL (Voluntary Collective Licensing) model.

For my complete take on the situation see my previous blog post here (to be linked soon).

A tax is not the way to go, a subscription/revenue clearinghouse is the model that is appropriate. Micropayments will never work and DRM will always get hacked.
"When asked whether he thinks his ambitious scheme has a chance, Fisher says that the likeliest possibility would be for it to be adopted in countries that are neither so developed that they have signed on to international copyright protocols nor so undeveloped that they are desperate to do so. Only second-world countries, like Croatia or Brazil, he speculates, are unfettered enough to try something new. ''The hope is in the rain forest,'' he says, in countries that ''are more like the United States was before 1890, when we were a 'pirate' nation.''

China. China is where they are developing enough, open enough to technology, have the bandwidth infrastructure in place, the desire to be free and democratic, want to not be known as "the bad nation" who pirates everything, but has no concept of paying for software. Plus, the deciding factor is that as of now they have the centralized, controlling government which could pull off/enforce something like VCL.


Buzz phrase/things to know:

Prevailing Attitude: I am not a pirate. I am an agent of change.

And in the United States, is there any future for this sort of payment system? Perhaps when the various current schemes fail, Fisher's plan will seem more attractive, he says. ''What is involved here is nothing less than the shape of our culture and the way we think of ourselves as citizens,'' he adds. He describes a recent letter he received from a supporter of his work. ''When they come for my guns and my music, they'd better bring an army,'' it read. ''People are used to being creatively engaged with the culture,'' Fisher explains. ''They won't let someone legislate that away.''

Copyright is FOR A TIME. We need to get back to our copyright roots: A necessary evil. Listen to our Founders. Article 1, Section 8 U.S. Constitution

The fight against "piracy" is actually the entertainment industry's reluctance to adapt to shifting users needs.

culture commons vs. permission culture.

A fear of the "Permission Culture" is causing the U.S. to loose it's global innovative prowess cause peopel are scared of getting sued for doing something new.

No one is truly an "original author" of anything.

Fair use.

Do not squelch inovation.

The threat of lawsuits is killing due process.

Information wants to be free.

Privacy is not a crime.

(If you got to this sentence and still haven't read the article in its entirety this is your last chance to do so before I start not liking you very much.)

;-)

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