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What’s wrong with copyright and how to fix it

The chief problem with recent debate about copyright reform is that it tends to revolve around the essentially ethical question of how to balance the interests of creators (and the corporations who monetise their work) against those of consumers. While it may be true that lately commercial lobbying has done …

The problem with DRM

The trouble with trying to get people to watch this talk by Cory Doctorow is that it’s 45 minutes long, and you don’t know why it’s important until you’ve seen it. Here’s an executive summary of why it matters. Unfortunately, because I have no space to fill in the details, it may …

Scientific publishing and the music business

This post was inspired by a review by Kent Anderson at the The Scholarly Kitchen of Robert Levine’s Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back, in which he sees parallels between the creative industries that Levine writes about, and …