Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer

By Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer

In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t are looking to Be Free takes at the country of copyright and inventive luck within the electronic age. Can small artists nonetheless thrive within the web period? Can vast list labels steer clear of alienating their audiences? this can be a ebook concerning the pitfalls and the possibilities that artistic industries (and contributors) are confronting this day — approximately how the previous versions have failed or chanced on new footing, and approximately what could quickly substitute them. a vital learn for an individual with a stake sooner or later of the humanities, Information Doesn’t are looking to Be Free deals a vibrant consultant to the methods creativity and the net have interaction this present day, and to what will be coming next.

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Calling your customers thieves. • Treating your customers like thieves. A common refrain about entertainment and business in the news today is how much money all those investors and creators could be making if only the Internet and its users would start behaving themselves. If you’ve already made a cool couple billion in the old world, have plenty left in the bank, and want to take a gamble on getting your buddies in Congress to pass laws to suit your needs, this kind of complaining might seem like a winning strategy.

In the USA, the WCT was enacted into law in 1998 as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the DMCA). A few years later, the European Union created the EU Copyright Directive (EUCD), which each EU country then turned into law in its national body. What that means is that most of the world’s industrialized countries have some version of the WCT on the books. These implementations of the WCT vary, but usually the variations are small. For that reason, I’m going to talk about the effect of the WCT as a global phenomenon, not limited to the USA, the EU, Australia, Japan, or anywhere else.

The software vendors’ associations also spent a lot of time warning programmers about the risks of piracy, and the problems they’d have if their customers decided to copy them into the poorhouse. This served to drive still more creators to the Windows platform, which was meant to provide a shield against this threat. But then Microsoft started to undercut the same companies that had trusted its platform. In my hometown of Toronto, Delrina built itself into a huge, successful company by selling a ubiquitous fax program, WinFax, right up to the day that Windows 95 shipped with a free competitor, straight from Microsoft.

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