Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Copyright Conspiracy

Copyright is intended to protect the creator of an original work. It certainly attempts to do its best for the large entertainment companies. When applied to the one of the most exciting things to happen in recent memory—the sheer mass of creativity that is being unleashed by the general public on the Internet—its default protection is something akin to that provided by a piece of tissue paper when an elephant sneezes.

The vast majority of the photographs on Flickr and other photo sharing sites, probably something like 99.999999% of them, are in a state which results in effectively zero protection by U.S. copyright law.

"But wait...", you say. "That's not right. Every creative work is protected by copyright from the moment it is created."

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