Crosbie Fitch: The privilege of persecuting individuals for their liberties, sharing and building upon their own culture is an injustice – do not accept it. Abolish it.

Sure, copyright is ever more draconian, but don’t confuse its minimal impact upon individuals of the 18th century (whose communications facilities were voice and, for the elite, writing) with what its impact would be upon individuals in the 21st (laser printers, etc.).

It would be just as wrong to bankrupt or imprison pirates for printing copies of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe today* as it would have been to do the same in 1719.

  • No, copyright’s term has not been extended to life + 300 years – yet.

The privilege of persecuting individuals for their liberties, sharing and building upon their own culture is an injustice – do not accept it. Abolish it.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120427/18013118692/sad-state-copyright-guy-using-3-to-10-second-clips-music-viral-videos-accused-infringement.shtml#c793

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