[LINK] Interesting article on copyright

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Apr 16 07:01:20 AEST 2009


It mentions John Barlow of the Grateful Dead's 1992-3 paper "The  
Economy of Ideas: Selling Wine Without Bottles on the Global Net" <http://homes.eff.org/~barlow/EconomyOfIdeas.html 

and Prof. Pamela Samuelson's 1993 The Copyright Grab <http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.01/white.paper_pr.html 

> Samuelson called the plan a "maximalist agenda" for copyright  
> owners. To her way of thinking the agenda had eight action items  
> (nearly all of which found their way into law in the Digital  
> Millennium Copyright Act, Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (1998)  
> (codified in various sections of Titles 5, 17, 28 and 35 U.S.  
> Code)), which were:
>    1. Give copyright owners control over every use of copyrighted  
> works in digital form, including fleeting RAM copies.
>    2. Give copyright owners control over every transmission of works  
> in digital form.
>    3. Eliminate fair-use rights whenever a use might be licensed.
>    4. Deprive the public of the "first sale" rights it has long  
> enjoyed in the print world.
>    5. Attach copyright management information to digital copies of a  
> work.
>    6. Protect every digital copy of every work technologically and  
> make illegal any attempt to circumvent that protection.
>    7. Force online service providers to become copyright police.
>    8. Teach the new copyright rules of the road to children  
> throughout their years at school.
> What is interesting to me is that, DMCA notwithstanding, many of the  
> points in Prof. Samuelson's copyright owner agenda continue to be  
> fresh and raw today, unsettled topics of great interest and debate.  
> Can the president give the Queen an iPod loaded with music? Did the  
> cable company make infringing buffer copies of television programs  
> in the Cablevision remote DVR case? Can Amazon's Kindle read a book  
> aloud? To what extent should information intermediaries (ISPs,  
> Google, YouTube, universities) serve as copyright police?

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