Historical Copyright Has Clues for Digital Copyright
Chris Barton at the New Zealand Herald: Copyleft may become the new copyright
Imagine a world without copyright - where there is no legislated right to prevent copying. A recipe for anarchy? Maybe, but that's how it was in the early 18th century and before.
...We're in the midst of a technological revolution that's really upset the apple cart. The printing press is a fine piece of copying technology. But it has been well and truly usurped by the far superior copying (and distribution) technology of the internet and personal computers.
In other words, he's saying the printing press has been napsterized by the internet and personal computers. And that old, freer media model may be what's needed to deal with it.
Posted by Mary Hodder at December 8, 2003 08:01 AM