Tuesday, November 24, 2009

When piracy isn't theft; Guardian, 11/24/09

Alexandros Stavrakas, Guardian; When piracy isn't theft:

The argument over file sharing is redundant: creative businesses must change, and the social value of free must be recognised

"Stewart Brand, during the first Hackers' Conference in 1984, uttered the infamous maxim, "Information wants to be free". The implication was that any attempt to control and limit the free dissemination of knowledge and information would be met with resistance. That was yesterday's news. Today's is that the British government is seeking to tackle the problem of online piracy by passing a law disciplining those wishing to freely share intellectual property that is under copyright protection."


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