The information age is not about technology.
It is about information - about content.
The information age is primarily an explosion of new media,
which new technology makes possible. But all media are means of
delivering - and selling access to - words, pictures and sounds.
The nature of the commercial sections of the new media will be
shaped by the ways content is licensed. These will
therefore, to a significant extent, influence the development of
Whoever controls the content, controls the medium. Is that
control to lie in the hands of Murdoch of News International and
the suits at Disney, whose sole concern is maximum profits for
shareholders? Or is it safer in the hands of individual creators,
whose income depends solely on their reputation for accurate,
Copyright is surrounded by many misconceptions. The law is
not, in general, human-readable. See the absolute
minimum guide to the basics of copyright. A longer
background paper will, it is
hoped, clarify the issues of copyright - and the European concept
of Author' rights. This was written for journalists who were not
necessarily (yet) familiar with the net. It should also be interesting
for netizens who are not (yet) familiar with copyright as anything
other than the tool of big business.
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