Did Copyright Kill Evolving Artistry?

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Copyright is said to be created to protect the interests of the creator. More specifically, at least for a writer, the creator’s Intellectual property. I think this is bullshit.

Yes, we all have the desire to be recognised for our work and there’s absolutely nothing Wrong with that. But what good is being recognised for something that’s never been seen/read or heard?

We live in an age where platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress and even Facebook have turned many of us into self-proclaimed writers- in our own right. Information is flowing-in at an extremely rapid pace and the output of that information (in the form of commentary and response) is moving just as quickly. In the Internet’s plight to integrate through expansion; copyright only serves as a detrimental factor to progression.

This is not to say that copyright is all that bad. The core intentions of copyright are to ensure that some lazy bugger doesn’t make a buck for work that took you hours to create. So yes, Copyright does have good intentions but it also has the tendency to set barriers between the creator and the consumer. For example: According to Copyright laws, you would have to ask me for permission before copying and pasting any of my work. But what if I get up to 160-emails a day and subsequently can’t get to yours? Then my work my message has not reached the amount of people that it could have, had you just been able to openly distribute (however you see fit) my work to your friends and to their friends and their friends…

If strictly implemented; copyright can become a mere impediment to progress within the eco-system of creativity and information consumption (which further aids creativity). The goal of the artist in 2013, is then to find the middle-ground between rightful recognition and open distribution.

By looking at the extract above, Leo Babauta‘s middle ground seems to be- books . Instead of restricting (adding a price) his content on a platform that is “free” to start-off with (his blog); he would rather extend this “restriction” only toward the hours that he spends writing, editing, printing (and more…) his awe-inspiring catalogue of insightful literature. This, however, is what he prefers not what he dictates.

How would you draw the line between restriction and openness?

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