The copyright ‘copyfight’ is on

Pete writes “The “copyfight” is the topic of BBC News technology contributor Bill Thompson’s latest posting.

It is the “copyfight” – the continuing dispute over what sort of legal protection creative people or the companies that employ them should have over the ways in which their works are used.

In legal terms, the basic argument is between those who see creative works as just another type of property, with what are increasingly presented as inalienable property rights, and those who see copyright as a deal struck with creative people by the state, one which is intended to benefit both sides.

Remix culture is everywhere. All we can do is accept it, adapt to it and find ways to work and make a living within it

Copyright history supports the second view, but since the mid-1970’s there has been increasing legal support for the first. “