How That Monkey Selfie Reveals The Dangerous Belief That Every Bit Of Culture Must Be 'Owned'

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:16:35 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140806/17560928134/how-that-monkey-selfie-reveals-dangerous-belief-that-every-bit-culture-must-be-owned.shtml>

'I think a big part of the problem here is that we've been trained
incorrectly to believe that everything new must be covered by copyright.
This is part of the most pernicious aspects of copyright maximalism
today -- the idea that everything is covered by copyright. Only a few
decades ago, nearly all created works were not covered by copyright and
were public domain, free to be shared. It was only with the 1976
Copyright Act that the US switched from an "opt-in" policy to a "nearly
everything is covered" policy, leading many people to (wrongly) believe
that with any photo someone must hold the copyright.'

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                *** Xanni ***
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mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
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http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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