Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture
Posted Jan 29, 2013 21:33 UTC (Tue) by khim
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Whether copyright in its current form is still a net win for society I don't know.
At least some copyright laws were quite obviously net negative: they extended copyright terms retroactively. You can probably find couple of crazy guys who started creating new books and movies when they suddenly realized that their schoolyear articles will not be in public domain for 70 years after their death, but for any such crazy "creator" there thousands (if not millions) authors who don't care about works they already created and at least few who reduced output because they no longer had any need to create anything new.
When you know for a fact that part of law which was supposed to produce progress stalls it instead the rest of the law becomes quite suspicious, too.
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