Improving Copyright (was: Re: Copyright T-Shirt)

Niall Douglas s_fsfeurope2 at
Thu May 13 20:07:02 UTC 2004

On 13 May 2004 at 17:51, João Miguel Neves wrote:

> > Same goes with the system I outlined.
> > 
> Not really. I can see how that would work with an improved
> (highly-scalable) bittorrent tracker. My issue is that something like
> bittorrent doesn't guarantee the existence (preservation) of the works
> (maybe I'm just affected from working in a Library and that's not an
> important issue). 

That's precisely why I don't like the idea of massively distributed 
file sharing systems either. It's a good idea if you're trying to not 
get caught breaking laws but not good for measuring the popularity of 
an artist (and thus allocating proper credit), ensuring integrity of 
the work nor ensuring a complete, full & stable listing wherever & 
whenever you look.

One must remember that any system replacing copyright becomes the 
guardian of all human knowledge. That means it's very highly 
important not just to research, but to mankind. It also worries me 
because electronically stored information is much easier to lose than 


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