Copyright (c) 2006 Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology
Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology
COMMENT: WASTE CONTENT 1: REBALANCING COPYRIGHT LAW TO ENABLE
MARKETS OF ABUNDANCE
16 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 383
We are in the midst of a Copernican Revolution, 2 a reversal in the dialect between physical and digital space. 3 Much like Copernicus' discovery that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, the ability to distribute content over the Internet is upending our notions of retail economics. The historian Jacques Barzun described revolutions as beginning by throwing the shackles off your wrists and ending with shackles landing on your ankles. 4 In the digital revolution the shackles of physical constraints on content have been tossed off by the advent of the Internet, only to have new constraints, both legal and technological, impose even greater restrictions than before. 5 The effect of this is to stifle the true potential of the digital revolution. 6 Of course, this digital revolution, like all revolutions, means a transfer of power, which invariably signifies the end of a long-practiced way of doing things. In this case it is the analog and physical content-delivery business models, and the industries that attempt to keep their bundle of intellectual property rights tightly held ("content industry"), that are on the losing end of this transfer of power.
This process is not always a comfortable one; indeed as Barzun describes it, "to the distant observer the course of events is a rushing flood; to those inside it is a whirlpool." 7 Thus, there is an ebb and flow to events that is more evident the closer ...
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