The Digital Enforcement

Write a short analysis about applicability of copying restrictions – whether you consider them useful, in which cases exceptions should be made etc.

In general I don’t think copying restrictions are useful. I completely agree with the opinion of a known cartoonist and animator Nina Paley revealed in the following interview: How Copyright Restrictions Suppress Art: An Interview With Nina Paley About “Sita Sings The Blues”

…Most of the artists I know are animators who work in studios. And some of these animators have also made their own films, being terrified to use any music they couldn’t clear. And this just breaks my heart, you know, in education, all these schools are like “Don’t use this, and don’t use that, don’t do this, don’t do that!” They’re teaching … young artists to be scared of music [laughs]. …

I think it’s just unpractical as nowadays nobody in original anymore, they are just copying and it’s not bad. Nina Paley’s video says that All Creative Work Is Derivative


In the article of Karl Fogel The Surprising History of Copyright and The Promise of a Post-Copyright World

copyright was never primarily about paying artists for their work, and that far from being designed to support creators, copyright was designed by and for distributors — that is, publishers, which today includes record companies. But now that the Internet has given us a world without distribution costs, it no longer makes any sense to restrict sharing in order to pay for centralized distribution.

But from other side some people try to make everything free and there are still materialists:


However I hope one day the world will look like promised by Fogel:

We can, if we choose, have a world where concepts like “out of print” or “rare book” are not only obsolete, but actually meaningless. We can live in a fertile and vibrant garden of constantly evolving works, created by people who wanted deeply to make them available, not mandated by a publisher’s market research. Schools would never be forced to stay with out-of-date textbooks because of the per-copy prices set by publishers, and your computer would always let you share songs with your friends.


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