Mashups not so easy for copyright law

15 01 2009

I’m posting an article from ZDnet that was called to my attention by prolific tweeter and social change arts thinker Lina Srivastava.  Check out her site when you have a chance.

The point is that copyright law was written for a pre-Internet age; and there are serious questions about how restrictive we want any updates to be.  Heck, in the NYTimes Magazine last week Steven Pinker (Harvard College professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author of “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature”)  said information wants to be free.  It’s a whole new world, and we have to find a balance between intellectual property protection, particpatory culture and the public domain (a commons!).

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