Monday, December 04, 2006

Creative accounting

"Popster Mick Hucknall recently wrote in the Guardian that 'Copyright is fundamentally socialist — it is radical and redistributive, subversive even. How else would you describe a form of property that anyone can create out of nothing.' Among the many problems with this view is the assertion that creativity happens 'out of nothing'. It does not. Creativity builds on what has gone before, it is always a cumulative process. The framers of the original copyright statute recognised that when they sought to provide the shortest possible term of private monopoly to enable creators and innovators to earn a reward. This, they reasoned, would provide an incentive for others to innovate - and innovation is a fundamental process of human progress." —Paul Crake (via Open Rights Group)

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