Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Stae of Modern Copyright..

Via many people, a quote from William Patry on why he's closing his blog:

"Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty Dumpty,the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again:multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately."