Copyright IS broken

Clay Shirky has told boingboing a tale which clearly illustrates the brokenness of copyright laws in the developed world.

These effects and others akin to them, created by the bloody-minded enforcement of stupid laws, are the reason so many applications are broken or crippled, why grannies and little kids get sued by the RIAA for file-sharing and why Clay can’t rip a DVD of his own work to AVI without breaking the law.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

The online community has a civic duty to stop this insanity continuing. Do something. Join the EFF, or your local equivalent (like the EFA, here in Oz). Support and use free and open-source software in favor of commercial and closed-source where you can. Publish your media – blog, paper, music, art using Creative Commons. Write to your local member about injustices such as the restrictions on Eyes on the Prize.

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