04 August 2008

The Patry Copyright Blog: End of the Blog

The Patry Copyright Blog: End of the Blog

Damn -- I could say something like "quitter," but this guy's been fighting for 25 years, and has earned his break. He's probably tired as hell from beating his head against the wall time and time again, like he says in his second reason for leaving:
Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.
Just makes me feel sad, more than anything, but I can understand trying to be an advocate for something that is actually a good thing (copyright law) but that is now used for nefarious purposes. What to do?

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