There’s a new book that was just written by Christian Engström (MEP) and Rick Falkvinge that is worth the read. I’m partway through it myself, and it has a really strong history of copyright and the need for reforming it for the 21st century. It’s a clarion call that needs to be heeded in the wake of dangerous legislation that is taking place around the world that is making actions like file-sharing and downloading into criminal offenses. As more and more people are becoming worried that their basic rights are disappearing all to justify our current economic models, we’re all beginning to realize that change won’t happen until we start to think that nothing can remain static forever.
The Case For Copyright Reform contains a lot of good information that can get us started towards reforming the one industrial tool that is rapidly becoming dangerous to our society. No, no one is saying that copyright is a bad thing, but it’s become much bigger than it was ever intended, and is no longer even benefiting the real innovators and creators. The fight is only getting started, but at least a few people are already looking at alternatives that we can all accept. Check out more about it on Falkvinge.net.