Copyright wars

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

The Columbia Journalism Review premieres this excellent piece on “the instability of the copyright system in a digital age.” (Via Bookninja.) And why should we care? Because, as Siva Vaidhyanathan puts it,

….in recent years — thanks to the ferocious mania to protect everything and the astounding political power of media companies — the basic, democratic checks and balances that ensured that copyright would not operate as an instrument of private censorship have been seriously eroded.

Speaking of copyright, ambulance drivers in London can’t get their training manual updated to include more current and relevant information because they don’t hold the copyright. (Via BoingBoing)


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