Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age

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Despite the internet, people still want to pay for quality content.

If given the opportunity, people still want to pay for quality content. In fact, since the advent of art, there have always been people willing to pay for it.

27 March, 2016 07:35 Share

today, thanks to the internet, lovers of art can directly pay those making it.

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So, the internet is actually advantageous for artists.

27 March, 2016 07:35 Share

But there will always be a few who want to support and appreciate the artist by paying, especially if paying the artist is easy.

27 March, 2016 07:36 Share

Digital locks are not the way to protect your content.

A digital lock is basically an algorithmic way to scramble your content, protecting it until the proper key is entered, at which point the content returns to a readable form.

27 March, 2016 07:36 Share

Once you let a middleman – a distributor, say – lock your content, they control who has access to it.

27 March, 2016 07:37 Share

digitally locking your content isn’t very helpful. Furthermore, it can actually be dangerous, too.

27 March, 2016 07:37 Share

Digital locks enable hackers to install secret spyware and viruses on your computer.

digital locks enable companies to install hidden software on your computer.

27 March, 2016 07:38 Share

Sony BMG who, in 2005, sent out over six million CDs to customers. Unbeknownst to these customers, running this CD installed a program that prevented consumers from copying music off of it.

27 March, 2016 07:38 Share

This program – a rootkit – was an easy target for abuse.

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A war is mounting between censorship and the free internet.

If customers feel that copyright restrictions are impinging on their freedom – if, say, videos critical of the government are banned or corporations attempt to control internet content by demanding the removal of copyrighted material – these consumers will join forces and more people will turn to the illegal corners of the internet, like the deep web.

27 March, 2016 07:40 Share

most people rely heavily on sites like Facebook, YouTube and Google, which puts tremendous power in the hands of these companies. They literally determine what content you’re most likely to see.

27 March, 2016 07:40 Share

Copyright is important and must be adjusted to the changing world.

the whole idea behind copyright is to protect people against exploitation.

27 March, 2016 07:41 Share

A more sensible solution would be to limit copyright to industrial regulation.

27 March, 2016 07:42 Share

Furthermore, in so far as it limits our privacy, access to information and freedom of speech, copyright is also an issue of human rights.

27 March, 2016 07:42 Share

About the book:

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (2014) is a guide to copyright laws, censorship and the needs of the modern interconnected world. These blinks explain what ownership means in the digital age and explain why we need to reform our copyright system.

About the author:

Cory Doctorow is a blogger, technology activist and science-fiction novelist. He formerly served as director of the European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian and Wired.


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