Free Pirate Party Book: The Case for Copyright Reform

by Stephan Kinsella on April 24, 2012

The book The Case for Copyright Reform, by By Pirate MEP Christian Engström & Rick Falkvinge, is now online. Falkvinge is great and the book has some good arguments against the current copyright system. The case it makes is marred by lack of coherent principle, however:

“The Pirate Party does not want to abolish copyright; we want to reform it. We want to keep copyright for commercial purposes, but we want to set all non-commercial copying and use free.”

Of course copyright needs to be completely abolished. And there is nothing wrong with commercial use, money, or profit, as American left-copyright abolitionist Nina Paley notes. Still, this book is pushing in the right direction: less copyright.

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