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Raven Matrix: Michael Stutz (Interview)

Jul 29, 2002, 07:00 (4 Talkback[s])

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"RAVEN: You're the architect of the Design Science License (DSL), which is a generalized 'copyleft' license designed to fit any work. Copyright law gives certain exclusive rights to the author of a work, including the rights to copy, modify and distribute the work (the 'reproductive,' 'adaptative,' and 'distribution' rights). The idea of "copyleft" is to willfully revoke the exclusivity of those rights under certain terms and conditions, so that anyone can copy and distribute the work or properly attributed derivative works, while all copies remain under the same terms and conditions as the original.

"What gave you the idea to develop this license? and how successful has it been?

"Michael Stutz: Some years ago I began to see how copyright law was well out of date--it had not kept up with the discoveries of modern science. Copyright law was still written in the pre-1945 world where the representation of a 'work' was only a physical object, where it was always set in some tangible form. It had no conception of the 'work' as it could exist on a digital computer, and could be copied exactly, and even modified, without any change at all to the original. That humans would communicate by copying and modifying those forms had not been considered at all. All the old restrictions applied, but the world was different..."

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