Implementing a sensible copyright: "FLOW-IT"
Oct 21, 2009, 13:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)
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"Along the way, though, the most obvious and simple
solution has mostly been overlooked: just re-implement the
traditional limited copyright idea in a way that makes sense for
the 21st century. Here's a simple solution that I call "FLOW-IT"
for "Free Licensing Of Works — In Time," which simply
leverages existing Creative Commons licensing to do the job.
"Since free software, free culture, and copyleft arose primarily
as an opposition movement to the existing practices of selling
information per copy and the copyright system that supports that
model, it's tempting to jump to a "copyright abolitionist" platform
— concluding that copyright is entirely a bad idea.
"But in fact, copyright has been a pretty successful system. It
has allowed for the creation of large publishing industries and the
support of a class of professional artists and authors. Early on,
the structure of copyright with truly limited terms and a
comparatively sedate pace of technological progress meant that
works were still relevant when they passed into the public domain.
Even before that, the system of "fair use" allowed for reasonable
quotations, resale of used books and media, public libraries, and
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