Copyright Has A Real & Serious Free Speech Problem
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Copyright Has A Real & Serious Free Speech Problem

from the something-needs-to-be-done dept This week has been Copyright Week , put together each year by the EFF and others, giving lots of people and organizations a chance to weigh in on a variety of copyright issues. Each day has its own theme, and in the past, I’ve tried to participate each day — as (not surprisingly) I have thoughts about each of the topics. This year, unfortunately, I’ve been a bit busier than usual, meaning I haven’t had as much time to write. But, still, if you check out the Copyright Week site, you can see lots of great articles by others on various topics. This being the last day of Copyright Week, it hits on a topic that I think is the most important of all: copyright and free speech. Last fall, I gave a talk at Wikimedia in which I noted that copyright has a serious free speech problem , and we’re never going to fix what ails copyright until we address that simple fact. What’s most striking to me is how many people try to completely deny that copyright could ever be used to stifle free expression. It seems intellectually dishonest to make such a […]

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