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Details On SOPA/PIPA Alternative Released... With Open Requests For Feedback

from the check-it-out dept

As expected, the effort by Senator Wyden and Rep. Issa to put together an alternative to SOPA/PIPA has now been released. And while we can dig into the specifics in a bit, what may be most interesting is how they've released the text. Unlike the standard "here's a pdf if you can find it," they've put up an entire website, called KeepTheWebOpen.com, which is designed to encourage participation and feedback. Compare that to the backroom dealings behind PIPA and SOPA, where the industry folks helped craft the bill with no input whatsoever from those it would impact most. If only all bills were released this way...

Filed Under: copyright, internet, open, pipa, protect ip, sopa, trade


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    TtfnJohn (profile), 8 Dec 2011 @ 8:33pm

    Re: Re:

    I agree that current copyright law is an abomination compared to what it was originally intended for (as is current patent law).
    Ironically part of the reason copyright came into existence was top protect publishers from themselves as all too often they found they were publishing the same title by the same author at the same time. And maybe one of them had actually paid the author.
    So in part the Statue of Anne provided for copyright for the author so that only one copy was printed in return for the author getting paid for the work. Well kinda, after signing off the copyright to the publisher and the subsequent invention of creative accounting. The other purpose was the promotion of education to ensure that works were available to the public. Not locked behind a walled garden.
    And the terms of the granted copyright monopoly were much shorter than they are now as they reach unto the generations yet to be born.
    Reasonable length copyright might, in a perfect, world actually lead to more publishers, recording companies and studios to produce creative works, too. (I know, I'm dreaming. But I can do that for a minute or two, can't I? :))

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