Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Is Copyright Dangerous To Democracy?

Is Copyright Dangerous To Democracy?

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Is Copyright Dangerous To Democracy? by drew Roberts is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

In light of recently reported things like the play in the "Digital Economy Bill" in the UK or the secret ACTA negotiations, I wonder if copyright is a danger to democracy.

Britain's new Internet law

Radioactive assumptions in the Digital Economy Bill

Mandy and Me: some thoughts on the Digital Economy Bill

Mandelson's 'three strikes' rule in jeopardy

Digital economy bill: A punishing future

Mandleson, ethics, culture, commerce and copyright law

No, ACTA Secrecy Is Not 'Normal' -- Nor Is It A 'Distraction'

Hollywood: Never Mind the Transparency, Here's the ACTA

Stopping the ACTA Juggernaut

Brazil, Pakistan Criticize “One Size Fits All” Piracy Solution

Copyright overreach goes on world tour

What are they telling us? That the only way to protect their copyrights is to gut democracy? To gut freedom? To gut privacy? To gut free speech?

(Hopefully more to come...)

1 comment:

Crosbie Fitch said...

They're telling the people that they can't have both:
1) A monopoly on sale of copies
2) No enforcement of that monopoly

Unfortunately, due to conflation of the monopoly as a right (via privilege->'legal right'), the people have this crazy idea that if it's their right it should be protected, except if they're the one's breaching it, it shouldn't be.

A conflict in the law begets a conflict in the people.

This is why privileges are fundamentally unethical, or as Thomas Paine put it a few centuries ago: instruments of injustice.