Posted on March 28 2011 by Crosbie Fitch on The Cultural Liberty Blog this article concerning individual liberty, especially concerning its restoration from archaic privileges such as copyright and patent.
Abstract : •A prologue – mankind’s culture and copyright in perspective.
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Queen Anne Establishes the Privilege of Copyright
Madison re-enacts Statute of Anne (tweaked for the US)
Thomas Paine deprecates privileges
Steam powered printing press
Babbage designs Analytical Engine
Internet begins with two nodes
World Wide Web begins
The people obtain the means of mass reproduction and communication
The successors to the Stationers’ Guild seek possession of the Internet via ACTA
Copyright recognised to be ineffective vs the people’s cultural liberty/piracy
Copyright is reformed to exempt individuals in the digital domain
Copyright is reformed to exempt individuals
Copyright is reformed to exempt the digital domain
Copyright is repealed
The author’s exclusive right to their writings is properly secured at last – ethically
“Seen in a proper perspective, copyright is a legislative misadventure borne of political expediency and commercial self-interest. It is a hiccup in mankind’s history and, in the face of the diffusive nature of information, is coming to an abrupt and natural end.
The future of our culture is one without copyright. It is already dissolved in effect. In terms of law, the precise dates of its repeal are a minor detail. Cultural liberty is in the power and the hands of the people and if not also legislatively restored to them they will throw off Queen Anne’s manacles and revolt against persecution by her now immortal publishing corporations”.