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[News] Why Intellectual Monopolies Need Shrinking for Better Works

  • Subject: [News] Why Intellectual Monopolies Need Shrinking for Better Works
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:50:39 +0100
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Why Creativity Needs Shorter Copyright Terms

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| In response to a tweet of mine about shortening 
| copyright to stimulate creativity, someone 
| questioned the logic. It's an important point, so 
| it seems useful to do some thinking out loud on the
| subject.
| [...]
| If we don't, one of two things will happen. Either 
| we will fail to realise the full creative potential 
| of computing, or else the younger generation of 
| artists will simply ignore the law. Either is 
| clearly unsatisfactory. What is needed is a 
| copyright regime that is balanced. That is far from 
| being the case today. As the media industry (sic) 
| ratchets up copyright terms again and again, 
| creation has become subservient to the corporation, 
| and the creators are cut off from their past - and 
| hence future.


Google Digital Library Plan Opposed by German Chancellor

,----[ Quote ]
| Isn't this astonishing? I thought "the goal" of 
| copyright was to promote the spread and growth of 
| human creativity. Now it appears "the goal" is to 
| protect copyright itself. This reminds of 
| government school advocates who say they "believe 
| in public school"; who oppose any attempt to reform 
| or privatize public school because it might 
| threaten public schooling--when the goal of public 
| schools is supposed to be education.



Two More Pirate Bay Appeal Judges Accused of Bias

,----[ Quote ]
| Earlier this week TorrentFreak reported that there
| had been objections over one of the proposed lay
| judges set for the Pirate Bay appeal. Now there are
| yet more claims of possible bias, this time with two
| of the main judges who have both been members of pro-
| copyright groups.


Anti-Pirates Try to Nail The Pirate Bay with Faked Evidence

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| In August, Dutch anti-piracy outfit
| BREIN won its case against The Pirate
| Bay, and the court ordered the
| defendants to block access to Dutch
| visitors. The case was appealed today
| and rightly so. It appears that the
| evidence presented by BREIN was faked in
| an attempt to mislead the court.

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