Global trends in online copyright

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Global trends in online copyright

  1. 1. Trends, opportunities and threats in the digital copyright and online collaboration realm Version 2.0, May 2009 by Heather Ford
  2. 2. OR How copyright is colliding with the Internet
  3. 3. (1) Copyright: then and now
  4. 4. 1710, England ‘The Statute of Anne: An Act for the Encouragement of Learning’
  5. 5. public domain scope C duration
  6. 6. public domain scope C duration
  7. 7. (2) Along came the internet
  8. 8. 1983 Matt Britt CC BY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg
  9. 9. ‘dumb networks smart devices’
  10. 10. the ‘World Wide Web’ Tim Berners Lee 1989
  11. 11. A Revolution.
  12. 12. Set a collision course and a challenge that four influential people would take up to attempt to redefine how information and knowledge should be owned and controlled on the new platform.
  13. 13. (3) Enter the revolutionaries
  14. 14. 1. The Dreamer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Matthew_Stallman.jpeg GFDL ‘The GNU Manifesto’ Richard Stallman 1985
  15. 15. Rights to collaborate and improve knowledge are valid when it comes to digital networks.
  16. 16. 2. The philosopher ‘A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace’ John Perry Barlow 1996 Pic by Joi Ito CC BY www.flickr.com/photos/joi/836262884/
  17. 17. Copyright is a blunt tool to regulate information being shared across networks.
  18. 18. 3. The activist Lawrence Lessig Creative Commons 2003 Pic by ‘Notwist’ CC BY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lessig_portrait.jpg
  19. 19. New copyright rules need to accommodate the art of remix rather than stifling creativity.
  20. 20. 4. The pragmatist Tim O’Reilly ‘Web 2.0’ 2001 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tim_O%27Reilly2.jpg CC BY
  21. 21. ‘Intellectual property protection limits re-use and prevents experimentation. Therefore: when benefits come from collective adoption, not private restriction, make sure that barriers to adoption are low.’
  22. 22. (4) And in the opposite corner
  23. 23. 5. The lobbyist Jack Valenti Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 Roland Godefroy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JackValenti19.JPG
  24. 24. against for
  25. 25. Pirate Bay against for
  26. 26. Pirate Bay Free software against for
  27. 27. Pirate Bay Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s against for
  28. 28. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s against for
  29. 29. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s Indigenous Knowledge against for
  30. 30. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s RIAA Indigenous Knowledge against for
  31. 31. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Drug companies Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s RIAA Indigenous Knowledge against for
  32. 32. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Drug companies Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s RIAA Indigenous Knowledge Licensing agencies against for
  33. 33. Pirate Bay A2K and A2Medicines Drug companies Free software C r e a t i v e C o m m o n s RIAA Indigenous Knowledge Licensing agencies against for [depending on whether you’re acting as a consumer or producer of intellectual property]
  34. 34. (5) Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
  35. 35. Smashing myths 1. The only incentive for innovation is financial 2. In the software and publishing fields, you make money by selling copies 3. Public services are most efficiently produced by the private/for-profit sector REF: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/the-wisdom-of-community/
  36. 36. (6) And now?
  37. 37. Talk back The wisdom of community 1. Simplicity 2. Interface 3. Aggregation 4. Participation 5. Motivation 6. Scores REF: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/the-wisdom-of-community/
  38. 38. C ? C C

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