August 6, 2013 | Commentary, Copyright, Economics, Music business
You are no doubt aware of the hearings currently being undertaken by
the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual
Property, and the Internet – part of a major review of existing
copyright law (and if not, I just told you). As can be expected in this
enlightened (or, at least, interconnected) age – recordings are
available on the web and I’ve been trying to catch up with the debate.
Whilst watching the hearing from two weeks ago (with representatives
from the “rights holder side” present) I couldn’t help feeling that none
of the witnesses was able to articulate just why copyright was so
important to the nation as a whole – not just the small portion of it
that actually owns marketable copyrights. Given that the House of
Representatives represents all Americans, it would seem that such an
explanation is deserved.
This got me thinking of how I would go about explaining it and I offer it for your reading pleasure.
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