5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating

I’m a supporter of copyright protections, but, by the same token, I believe copyright law, especially in the United States, is in need of reform. Copyright was never envisioned to be a perpetual protection against copying of all kinds. Copyrights need to expire, if for no other reason than to encourage the production of new content.

Also, copyright violations cannot acquire the trappings of crime. If I take your copyright material (or you take mine), we have a civil dispute, not a criminal one, and each of us has complete liberty to establish that as fact in a court of law. Creating a legal presumption of guilt does nothing to preserve the interest of justice, and, in fact, created a playing field tilted in favor of the copyright holder when the whole basis of due process of law is that every party comes to the court on equal standing with every other party.

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