Do copyrights inhibit the spread of knowledge?

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Do copyrights inhibit the spread of knowledge?.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/08/SOEDZ.jpg[/newsimage]While copyrighting creative works is nothing new, the inception of modern technology has caused a slew of debates and challenges regarding the enforcement and effects of copyrights laws. Increased interest has sparked a number of recent research projects examining copyright laws in different societies throughout history, and the resulting effects.

One such study, conducted by economic historian Eckard Hoffman, alleges that a strong copyright law not only inhibits the spread of knowledge within a society, but also limits the creators’ earnings potential.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/do-copyrights-inhibit-the-spread-of-knowledge-33004/](http://www.myce.com/news/do-copyrights-inhibit-the-spread-of-knowledge-33004/)


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Do copyrights and DRM inhibit the spread of knowledge?

Inherently, that’s what they are intended to do.

Simply …

DRM locks content away until you pay the publisher to use it, thereby preventing derivative works, and exposure to the general population which are either uninterested, or at least not interested enough to pay for it.

Copyright locks methodology & knowledge away, and prevents others from either using it, or creating derivatives of it … thereby halting any progress with it … unless anyone who wants to use itvto make something, or further develop it either pays a small fortune to the original patenter … or risks future, possibly devastating, financial penalty.

DRM should be illegal. Copyright should have very short lifespan (1-2years).


#3

Since I’ve seen how the Creative Commons License works, would that not be a viable solution to DRM?


#4

The internet used to be free but greed has over turned the power that money gives them to keep it confined to the rich to control for there purpose.So they grow it’s knowledge and the rest are but put down for needing truth and knowledge.


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One such study, conducted by economic historian Eckard Hoffman, alleges that a strong copyright law not only inhibits the spread of knowledge within a society, but also limits the creators earnings potential.

There are copyrights for a reason! Otherwise the world would be full of cheap imitation iphones, laptops, mp3 players and clothing!

Wait a minute…


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[QUOTE=Mr. Belvedere;2539850]There are copyrights for a reason! Otherwise the world would be full of cheap imitation iphones, laptops, mp3 players and clothing!

Wait a minute…[/QUOTE]

copyright hasn’t stopped anything ,there’s more cheap imitations out there now than ever.And I don’t buy anything with drm on them.or any copyrighted stuff on them.I buy something else…