Copyright RESERVES culture for an Elite.
I just want to add on top of what Mr Ferguson was saying about, “I think most people are going to be mediocre. That’s just sort of the law of population.”
I want to add:
…moreover, that Culture is something that you “Do”, not something that you just watch. The people’s culture is just that – the people’s culture. Culture is everybody’s, because it was co-authored and developed incrementally by all of humanity over thousands upon thousands of years and is a shared-possession of all of humanity. Human culture & human knowledge is a COMMONs. It is no-one’s property. And it is certainly not reserved for an elite.
Right now, Copyright RESERVES culture for an Elite.. You MUST be able to draw well and draw “originals”, (but not everybody can draw originals, we still use tracing paper), OR, you MUST be rich, otherwise you can’t pay the royalty fees to create derivatives (but most of us are not rich)…
Even if I cannot draw or I cannot compose music, I can still use digital tools to express myself. (cut & paste culture). If we reverted copyright back to the way it used to which ALLOWED the free creation of derivative works, it will give the people’s culture back to the people. Everyone can create and everyone can express themselves not just the rich and not just the artists who have trained to create “originals”.
“Did you know that people don’t want to just watch their Star Wars story, they actually want to tell their OWN Star Wars Story?
But copyright means they can’t. Because they are not rich enough. (and then even the rich ones need to have George Lucas’ permissions — i.e. a No.)”
(this is free culture in a nutshell, started by Lawrence Lessig but now it has expanded past his ideas.)
See this excellent excellent post by the Institute of IP & Social Justice:
It explains why the fear of mediocrity is irrelevant.