07 March 2012

Isn't It Time Artists Lost Their 18th-Century Sense Of Entitlement?

One of the common assumptions in the copyright debate is that artists are special, and that they have a right to make money from their works repeatedly, in ways not granted to "ordinary" workers like plumbers or train drivers, thanks to copyright's reach through time and space. Of course, when modern copyright was devised in the early 18th century, artists were special in the sense they were scarce; offering them special monopoly privileges "for the encouragement of learning" as the 1710 Statute of Anne puts it, therefore made sense. 

On Techdirt.


cv/d said...

Have you checked out this guy's video?

Glyn Moody said...

thanks for that - it's really well done.