Copyright as a Fundamentalist Religion

An advantage of doing a lot of original research on copyright, and the history of copyright in particular, is that you start seeing very strong parallels to previous power struggles in society. I frequently say in myAkeynotes that there is nothing new under the sun.

What is happening now with the copyright industry vs. the people is practically identical to what happened when the printing press was introduced and the Catholic Church declared war on the self-educated people. In both cases, it is not really about religion or law, but about the very simple principle that people are people and that powerful people will use their power to keep their power.

What is interesting here, that a senior individual in the Swedish business pointed out to me, is thatAcopyright defenders are acting like religious fundamentalists. They aren't religious in the actual sense of the word, of course. But they areAacting and reacting as if they were religious about copyright, as if it was something that wasn't allowed to be questioned.AEnrique Dans observes that they are attacking not just copyright reformists, but anybody who evenAquestions copyright, with an emotional and aggressive fervor: calling the reformistsApirates,Athieves,Afreetards et cetera. In another time and place,Aheretics would have been the word of choice.

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Posted: February 7th, 2011
at 3:15pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: trademark & copyright

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