miércoles, 4 de marzo de 2009

williampatry.blogspot.com/ Función del copyright

Leyendo sobre copyright llego a williampatry.blogspot.com, exactamente al post con que da por cerrado su blog. William Patry es por lo visto un abogado especialista en copyright que trabaja para Google.
(Inciso/anacoluto: en momentos de grave aburrimiento, podría dedicarme a rastrear el subgénero de posts que cierran blogs, morir matando.)
En cualquier caso, su razón final es la siguiente:
The Current State of Copyright Law is too depressing
This leads me to my final reason for closing the blog which is independent of the first reason: my fear that the blog was becoming too negative in tone. I regard myself as a centrist. I believe very much that in proper doses copyright is essential for certain classes of works, especially commercial movies, commercial sound recordings, and commercial books, the core copyright industries. I accept that the level of proper doses will vary from person to person and that my recommended dose may be lower (or higher) than others. But in my view, and that of my cherished brother Sir Hugh Laddie, we are well past the healthy dose stage and into the serious illness stage. Much like the U.S. economy, things are getting worse, not better. Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and the creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be put back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and quite deliberately.
Esto es sólo un extracto de uno de los (dos) motivos para su despedida. El post completo, en:

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