Copyright: I Told You So Twice from Techdirt
April 17, 2009
Short honk: If you have been following the copyright guerilla skirmishes, you will want to read Techdirt’s “A Look Back At Some Prescient Predictions On Copyright” here via Michael Scott from Thomas O’Toole (a provenance chain that makes clear online is not the same as a high school term paper with footnotes). The article points to two documents that presaged the murky nature of copyright in a pervasive network and the difficult of getting money for digital content when copying is a basic system function. Worth reading. Download the referenced papers if you don’t have them in your repository now. The dead tree crowd may have a liquid lunch after revisiting these documents, one of which is almost 20 years young.
Stephen Arnold, April 17, 2009