‘Sharing is Caring’

In 2012 Derek Khanna wrote a brief on what he called the ‘Three Myths’ of copyright issues, just like we discussed in class, his question was has copyright empowerment become too favourable for the copyright holders rather than the public? During the industrial revolution the rise of industrial capitalism became massive with individuals cashing in from profits rather than the state, something a bit similar to the area surrounding copyright issues right now as well as these are also guided by current economics as well as other influences.

Myth 1 – Khanna basically states he thinks that the focus should be on ‘productivity and innovation’ rather than awarding merit with finances and to side from the view that the purpose behind copyright is to compensate the creator of the content involved.

Myth 2 – He feels that copyright is not free market capitalism, but rather “a guaranteed, government instituted, government subsidized content-monopoly.”

Myth 3 – ‘Khanna considers the current copyright regime ill-crafted to maximize innovation and creativity because he believes copyright terms outlive the period necessary to create incentive. Additionally, he emphasizes that the expansive current regime promotes “rent-seeking” behaviour that ultimately interferes with innovation.’ (1)

Of course these are just the views of Derek Khanna and the ongoing question is what is and what isn’t correct? Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance and creator of the legal blog Copy Hype criticises Khanna immensely, when comparing the two there is not only a disagreement but also contradiction on the direction in which copyright reform should take. (2)

In Philippe Aigrian’s ‘Sharing – Culture and Economy in the Internet Age’ his main question is ‘if we recognize that individuals have a right to share digital works between themselves, how can we make sure that many will be fairly financed and rewarded for producing these works?’ There is a massive divide surrounding the topic of the internet and file sharing, all mainly based on individual artists versus individual profits, in recent years we’ve seen sites such as Napster and Limewire being shut down for copyright violation but when one goes it just gives another an opportunity to start up. Countries such as France are forever making new laws yet if there’s a will there’s a way and people will ensure they get the content they want whether it’s legal or illegal.

I feel how or if copyright infringement will ever cease is a question that definitely cannot be answered right now and not in the near future either…

—————————————————– Anonymous ——————————————————

Anonymous is a loosely associated network of hacktivists. A website associated with the group describes it as “an internet gathering” with “a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives”.The group became known for a series of well-publicized hacks attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites. Anonymous fights for a type of ‘freedom of speech’ online and the right for the internet user to pass documents freely as well as informing them of topics certain organisations try to hide from the public. (4)


Anonymous graffiti, Budapest Hungary, June 2013

(1)    http://btlj.org/2013/04/11/the-purpose-of-copyright-examining-the-retracted-republican-study-committee-brief/

(2)    http://www.copyhype.com/about-me/

(3)    Philippe Aigrian’s – ‘Sharing – Culture and Economy in the Internet Age’ pages 22-25.

(4)    http://wn.com/anonymous_(group)

Rebecca Drew


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