copyright

Copyright Duplicity

In today's The New York Times, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken, and James Shapiro make the argument that copyright has provided the possibility for creativity for 300 years:

Copyright, now powerfully linking authors, the printing press (and later technologies) and the market, would prove to be one of history’s great public policy successes. Books would attract investment of authors’ labor and publishers’ capital on a colossal scale, and our libraries and bookstores would fill with works that educated and entertained a thriving nation. Our poets, playwrights, novelists, historians, biographers and musicians were all underwritten by copyright’s markets.

The Libertarian Fallacy

Oh, I know... to limit the fallacies of libertarianism to just one is a disservice to logical thinkers everywhere. However, when you try to look at the whole of libertarian illogicality at once, you end up near despair: There's just too much of it.

So, let me concentrate on just one fallacy, the idea that ownership stems from the individual and rests with the individual absolutely... or (even that being to broad, in terms of the number of fallacies involved) just on one bitty aspect of that, the idea of creation implying unencumbered ownership.

Citizen Journalism: Let's Talk about Fair Use

Update on new AP per words charges for quotes. See comment below by carol. Bumped from 2008-06-16 09:37:57 -0500 by carol

important discussion about giving credit where credit is due -- thanks Susie -- originally posted 2008-06-15 17:35:37 --bumped, cho

There's been some recent discussion of fair use as a result of 7 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take downs filed by the Associated Press (AP) against, The Drudge Retort. The action has a number of bloggers freaked and is now making the email rounds.

Before assuming this is a clear cut case of the Man bearing down on the little guy, we should look at Fair Use.