Clear Explanation of Reverse Copyright and Its Consequence

William Patry has a clear explanation of a particular theory of copyright. This is undoubtedly only new to me but the idea that a theory could be based on consumer value regardless of any value directly to the rights holder suddenly makes sense of a lot of the shenanigans we’ve seen in recent years with DRM and file sharing.

Patry’s examination was apparently prompted by some disturbing commentary on the Gowers Report. This is a lengthy piece but well worth the time to read and understand as it so clearly reveals the basis for a lot of what we are seeing from the traditional media players.

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