How US Copyright Expansionism Created The Infrastructure That Now Stymies US Gov't In Stopping Wikileaks
from the cause-and-effect dept
Two of the bigger stories these days are the US government’s copyright expansionist policies with domain name seizures and bills like COICA and (of course) the whole Wikileaks story. We’ve noted some similarities between large centralized systems reacting badly to distributed systems, but there’s also a much more direct connection as well. Glyn Moody points us to a blog post by Brendan Scott that lays out the basic fact that the distributed distribution tools that Wikileaks now relies on were mainly developed in response to constant copyright expansionism at the behest of the US government (on behalf of the entertainment industry). As Scott notes, he wonders if the US government will recognize this. However, given that it’s still pushing for even greater copyright expansionism (which will only make the “leaks” issue more difficult to control), it appears that very few in power actually understand this.