A Crescendo of Copyright
December 11th, 2011

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.
read the full article at The Cultural Liberty Blog

1709
Queen Anne Establishes the Privilege of Copyright
1787
US Constitution
1790
Madison re-enacts Statute of Anne (tweaked for the US)
1791
Thomas Paine deprecates privileges
1814
Steam powered printing press
1837
Babbage designs Analytical Engine
1937
Relay computers
1943
Valve/Tube computers
1953
Transistor computers
1969
Internet begins with two nodes
1971
Microprocessor computers
1991
World Wide Web begins
2000
The people obtain the means of mass reproduction and communication
2010
The successors to the Stationers’ Guild seek possession of the Internet via ACTA
2011
Copyright recognised to be ineffective vs the people’s cultural liberty/piracy
2015??
Copyright is reformed to exempt individuals in the digital domain
2020??
Copyright is reformed to exempt individuals
2025??
Copyright is reformed to exempt the digital domain
2030??
Copyright is repealed
2031??
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”.


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