Originally Posted by Moejoe
Piracy, although I hate that word for what is essentially "sharing" is, or at least was, part of our cultural heritage. Campfire stories and music, oral tales passed on from generation to generation, embellished or rather, remixed as they passed from one creator to the next. We lost sight of this at some point, our culture was reigned in, stamped with a pricetag and carefully controlled by gatekeepers and taste makers, in the hopes of maximising profits.
So very true.
Copyright has also changed immensely from it's initial intent, where you could share works with others, but only a certain person could print the work.
Copyright has now evolved to the extent where even SHARING a work is penalised. They lock the book you buy with DRM into your kindle, you can't share it. Corporations and lobbyists are constantly seeking extensions to copyright so it affects even more areas/technologies and our daily lives.
I read part of the paper and I think it is fairly well thought out and something that copyright holders should read. Corporations sole intent is to increase their profit, but the way they are approaching the issue they are jeopardizing that goal (treating customers like criminals, limiting technologies). When it is easier to use the pirated material rather than the purchased DRM material, you know there is something fundamentally wrong.