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 “WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal law that restored copyright protection to works that had entered the public domain. 
 
 By a 6-to-2 vote, the justices rejected arguments based on the First  Amendment and the Constitution’s copyright clause, saying that the  public domain was not “a category of constitutional significance” and  that copyright protections might be expanded even if they did not create  incentives for new works to be created…” 

"There is no doubt that piracy is an important problem — it’s just  not the only problem. Our leaders have lost this sense of balance. They have  been seduced by a vision of culture that measures beauty in ticket sales. They  are apparently untroubled by a world where cultivating the past requires the  permission of the past. They can’t imagine that freedom could produce  anything worthwhile at all.
The danger remains invisible to most, hidden by the zeal of a war on piracy.  And that is how the public domain may die a quiet death, extinguished by self-righteous  extremism, long before many even recognize it is gone.”
—Lawrence Lessig, as usual, called it.

“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal law that restored copyright protection to works that had entered the public domain.

By a 6-to-2 vote, the justices rejected arguments based on the First Amendment and the Constitution’s copyright clause, saying that the public domain was not “a category of constitutional significance” and that copyright protections might be expanded even if they did not create incentives for new works to be created…”

"There is no doubt that piracy is an important problem — it’s just not the only problem. Our leaders have lost this sense of balance. They have been seduced by a vision of culture that measures beauty in ticket sales. They are apparently untroubled by a world where cultivating the past requires the permission of the past. They can’t imagine that freedom could produce anything worthwhile at all.

The danger remains invisible to most, hidden by the zeal of a war on piracy. And that is how the public domain may die a quiet death, extinguished by self-righteous extremism, long before many even recognize it is gone.”

—Lawrence Lessig, as usual, called it.

2 years ago

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    Hey America! What’s up, just monetizing stuff in ways that doesn’t compensate the creators of the stuff in any form...
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