Copyright Now Becomes "Copyfighting"

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Copyright Now Becomes "Copyfighting"

Postby timberline » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:09 pm

A member of a former writing group got me in touch (again) with Cory Doctorow of copyright-free publishing fame.

In a piece on Locus (http://www.locusmag.com/Features/2008/1 ... fight.html), he states, "Copyright law valorizes copying as a rare and noteworthy event. On the Internet, copying is automatic, massive, instantaneous, free, and constant. Clip a Dilbert cartoon and stick it on your office door and you're not violating copyright. Take a picture of your office door and put it on your homepage so that the same co-workers can see it, and you've violated copyright law, and since copyright law treats copying as such a rarified activity, it assesses penalties that run to the hundreds of thousands of dollars for each act of infringement.

"There's a word for all the stuff we do with creative works — all the conversing, retelling, singing, acting out, drawing, and thinking: we call it culture."

It's a thesis worth thinking seriously about when Walt Disney Corp. lawyers come knocking on your door. And there's more on how successful Doctorow novels have been, at http://www.forbes.com/2006/11/30/cory-d ... torow.html.
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Postby Fireflare77 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:24 pm

That's an interesting point that you bring up there. (thinking face) That doesn't sound fair, though.
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Postby timberline » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:31 am

Copyfighting continues with the US Copyright Office "assailing" the agreement allowing Google to continue scanning books and selling them through Amazon and other outlets.

"Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Marybeth Peters, the United States register of copyrights, said the settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers amounted to an end-run around copyright law that would wrest control of books from authors and other right holders." Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/11/techn ... &th&emc=th.
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