Excellent article by John Tehranian: “Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap”:
By the end of the day, John has infringed the copyrights of twenty emails, three legal articles, an architectural rendering, a poem, five photographs, an animated character, a musical composition, a painting, and fifty notes and drawings. All told, he has committed at least eighty-three acts of infringement and faces liability in the amount of $12.45 million (to say nothing of potential criminal charges). There is nothing particularly extraordinary about John’s activities. Yet if copyright holders were inclined to enforce their rights to the maximum extent allowed by law, he would be indisputably liable for a mind-boggling $4.544 billion in potential damages each year. And, surprisingly, he has not even committed a single act of infringement through P2P file sharing. Such an outcome flies in the face of our basic sense of justice. Indeed, one must either irrationally conclude that John is a criminal infringer — a veritable grand larcenist — or blithely surmise that copyright law must not mean what it appears to say. Something is clearly amiss. Moreover, the troublesome gap between copyright law and norms has grown only wider in recent years.
The point of the article is how, simply by acting normally, all of us are technically lawbreakers many times over every day. When laws are this far outside the social norms, it’s time to change them.
Fant du noe feil i bloggposten? Gi meg gjerne beskjed via kontaktskjemaet eller kommentarfeltet nedenfor, så vil jeg korrigere feilen. Husk at du må spesifisere hva som er feil/upresist og hvorfor, helst med god dokumentasjon hvis relevant.
Vil du booke meg til foredrag om kritisk tenkning, vitenskapsformidling, sosiale medier eller annet? Ta en kikk på hva jeg kan tilby, mine tidligere oppdrag, og bookinginformasjon her!
Likte du dette? I så fall kan du støtte mitt arbeid ved å bli patron på patreon.com/tjomlid for å få tilgang til mer ekslusivt innhold og hjelpe meg til å produsere mer av det jeg brenner for!