[cc-community] Benjamin Mako Hill on Creative Commons
zotz at 100jamz.com
Wed Aug 3 07:33:05 EDT 2005
On Tuesday 02 August 2005 10:17 pm, Greg London wrote:
> >> >> > Which in that long list you gave do you attribute to copyright law
> >> and
> >> >> > not patent law? I did not realise you were giving copyright law
> >> credit
> >> >> > for all the progress since the dark ages.
> > The long list referred to the inventions/progress of the last century.
> I don't know off the top of my head.
> the invention of the vinyl phonorecord
This invention is attributable to copyright law?
> (RIAA formed in 1952) allowed the music
> industry to form. I'd point to the
> explosion in the number of recordings
> made since then as progress.
> motion pictures got their start in the 1900's.
Motion picture technology is attributable to copyright law?
> I point to the explosion in motion pictures
> created in the last century.
> Television started in the 50's and I point
> the the explosion in channels available now,
> and all the programs created in the last half
> century as progress. (the history channel is
> one of my favorites)
> as for print works, The Hitchiker's Guide
> to the Galaxy is, by itself, a major leap
> in progress for literary works. other classics
> such as Hemmingway or Phillip K. Dick all
> arose in the last hundred years. And books
> by the likes of Ken Wilbur are a major
> advance in the progress of understanding
> the human condition.
> All of these I attribute to copyright law,
> working in conjunction with patent law
> to make the new inventions such as TV
> to create new mediums.
Seems to me if I recall correctly, that your list was mostly to be laid at the
foot of patent law and not copyright law. Saying it is the combo is not a
fair answer. Why? I could claim it was 99% patent and 1% copyright and so
scrap copyright and keep patents. (Patents have their own slew of abuses
right now and need fixing in a big way as well.)
all the best,
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