William Patry: Copyright Wars
About a month ago (on November 5 this year) I ordered four books from Amazon, including William Patry’s “Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars”.
About an hour and a half ago I was in Borders at the Macquarie Centre and saw some of the books I had ordered. Had I bought them from Borders it would have cost me maybe 2 or 3 times the price I paid.
About half an hour ago I got home and found my books had arrived.
About ten minutes ago I had a look at Mr Patry’s – well, to be frank, I just skipped to the conclusion:
“The Copyright Wars must be understood as archetypal responses of businesses that are inherently non-innovative and that rely on the innovation of others to succeed. I cannot think of a single significant innovation in either the creation or distribution of works of authorship that owes its origins to the copyright industries. Being forced to rely on others’ innovatoin creates a great sense of insecurity that is reflected in efforts to control innovators and consumers…
In other areas where a government monopoly… is blatantly abused over a long period of time, it is taken away.” @198-199