The next copyright battle

A big part of the reason for changing copyright law in 1909 was the fear that player pianos would destroy the market for sheet music and even (potentially) live performances. So the law was changed… but the player piano soon died. But the copyright law it gave us stuck around. When radio came about, we got changes to copyright law to deal with that. When the internet came about, we got the DMCA. So what’s next? Perhaps the internet’s new big buzzword: “the real-time web.”

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  1. Mike Grace

    That is some interesting history about copyright law. Short and not much detail but enough to make me want to learn a bit more. I will be interesting to see what happens to copyright law as the Internet becomes faster and we all become more tightly linked to the web. I am betting that the way we currently approach copyright will almost have to be completely thrown out and written from the ground up. I speculate that because up to this point, duplicating copyrighted works has been very slow compared to how fast things are becoming. Things have happened super slowely if you look forward to the speed of information in the future.

    I think there will be great strides made in the fight against others stealing copyrighted works and there will still be many who choose to steal. The best thing that I think we can do is teach our children the importance of honesty, hard work, & charity. Thanks for the work you are doing to aid in the fight against copyright infringement.

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