“How would the creativity of society be affected if we had to pay for every idea we lifted from Wikipedia or a painting or piece of music to express in a different way? Current laws would have wiped out most of Elizabethan drama at a stroke.” – Victor Keegan in the Guardian.
Also of interest:
- The Copyright Gift Basket: What’s in It for You?, in New Tee Vee. “Lawmakers from both parties just introduced an intellectual property bill that reads like it’s straight off the wish list of the entire entertainment industry. Also advancing in Congress is a controversial bill that aims to strengthen copyright enforcement at universities.”
- An editor Critiques the Publishing Industry’s Automated Content Access Protocol, by O’Reilly’s Andy Oram. Some important fair use issues arise in the case of snippets. How much control should publishers have over their use with search engines?
(Big thanks to Mike Cane for above links.)