New short film asks, “Why Copyright?”

29 12 2008

50 years ago, did anyone but big rightsholders and lawmakers care about copyright? It certainly wasn’t the tremendous public issue it has become today, and a new short film from Canadian law professor Michael Geist takes a look at why copyright matters to people and what they think copyright should cover.

Geist’s film has a particularly Canadian flavor, but most of the arguments made are applicable in the US and around the world. In it, a collection of artists, thinkers, musicians, and lawyers—even the Privacy Commissioner of Canada—weigh in on copyright, anticircumvention law, and the public domain.

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