The purpose of copyright was never to subsidize creativity. It was to subsidize the printing press.

Copyright was not designed by the writers and artists, asking for a means to earn a living, an economic basis for creativity. It was designed by the Publishing industry to support a certain kind of distribution mechanism, one that is completely obsolete in the face of the internet. Copyright was invented by distributors to subsidize and stabilize a certain kind of distribution technology.

  • Karl Fogel

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