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Creative work makes for slippery private property online

Creative work makes for slippery private property online: “What the Internet has done is wrest away from a few producers the ability to sell scarce goods to a large group of consumers through expensive and highly controlled channels, he adds, such as when three commercial networks controlled what TV viewers saw in the 1960s. Now everyone with access to a computer has “the tools to produce as much media – if not more – than they consume.”"
Comment: Short article tackling a difficult issue: how to upgrade the copyright system to reflect the dynamics of a digital era. Lessig has proposed Creative Commons…others still are strongly oppossed to any model that isn’t rooted in traditional copyright. Technology makes it possible for anyone to create and distribute content. It’s both a cultural and a capabilities clash. Several decades ago, a content producer had to follow the path of established publishers. Today the doors are wide open. The content creator has control to publish. The legal aspects of content reuse, however, haven’t caught up with the capabilities of our tools. Personally, I don’t trade music online…and if I really want digital music, I’ll pay. Content creators should be able to decide their terms of use (a point of control current held by content distributors). I respect someone’s claim to copyright. However, I also appreciate someone’s willingness to open up their work for others to extend (particularly in the field of education).