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

João Miguel Neves joao at
Thu May 13 21:46:12 UTC 2004

A Qui, 2004-05-13 às 21:07, Niall Douglas escreveu:
> 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.
But if preservation is an issue I can assure that no organization has
the resources to do implement the system you proposed.

BTW, a bittorrent tracker is perfect for "measuring the popularity of an
artist". Bittorrent is not like other P2Ps and it would be perfect for
this because the tracker can be centralized without reducing the impact
of data transfers.

> 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 
> printed.
And there's no organization I would trust to do it alone.
						João Miguel Neves

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