“Are copyright owners their own worst enemy?”

From ABC Australia:

Nowadays, copyright barely resembles what it was originally designed for i.e. to protect both parties: inventors and content creators on the one side and the public on the other. Corporate America and government compliance have written out public interests in many instances. The case of Mickey Mouse is illustrative.

Nonetheless, there’s an air of inevitability about it all. Historically, how often have incumbent, monopolistic industries shrugged their shoulders and written off their entire business model to embark on a journey along a crowded new highway, with rules set by customers, that leads who-knows-where?

On a personal note, I suspect that once the world’s internet infrastructure comes up to speed, we’ll all be using on-demand subscription models and the notion of buying content to keep will feel archaic. Even so, more needs to be done to protect the public from ham-fisted copyright industries demanding payment for everything.

It’s an interesting article and well worth the read. I think that sometimes when companies try to set up revenue streams they end up trying to dam up the whole river. From our own experiences with such construction, it’s safe to say that it can have a detrimental effect on the people downriver as well as the area surrounding the dam. If content shares the same evasive quality as water, it will find a way around any obstacle given enough time.

(h/t: Library Link of the Day)

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