Whenever a copyright law is to be made
or altered, then the idiots assemble.
Mark Twain, 1902
Copyright law is totally out of date. It is a Gutenberg artifact. Since it is a reactive process,
it will probably have to break down completely before it is corrected.
Nicholas Negroponte, 1995
In our day the conventional element in literature
is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),
a gift to the well-financed entertainment and software industries, trashed the public interest.
It gave copyright owners the right to assert absolute control over copyrighted material, effectively allowing them to prevent the public from asserting a variety of traditional user's rights, including the ‘fair use' of making personal copies.
Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
When I was recently asked to write a television script, the studio insisted that I sign four copies
of an affidavit giving it all rights to my writing ‘throughout the Universe in perpetuity.'
I telephoned a studio lawyer to see if I could keep
a few moons of Jupiter. The lawyer became angry and pointed to the section of the affidavit in which
I recognized that the studio ‘becomes the Author of the Writer's Work. We mean it,' the lawyer said."
Charles Mann, 1998
Stealing things is a glorious occupation,
particularly in the art world.