The future of copyright should come from the past

From the Constitution of the United States:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to

Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”

(Article I, Section 8, Clause 8)

Read today, it’s as if the founders anticipated collaborative and derivative works, or “remixing” if you will.

Apparently, a house representative posted an astute analysis on the pitfalls of our current executions of Copyright law, and within hours the document was removed.  It includes some great points on the original intention of the law, and how current laws actually have become a roadblock for innovation and progress, simply artificially propping up outdated business models.

The required reading can be found here (PDF)

Author: Will Kuhn

I teach music technology to high schoolers. I do some other stuff too. @willkuhn on Twitter.

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