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Reason.TV: Too Much Copyright

Reason.tv has a nice 9-minute video with Tom Bell (one of the handful of IP attorneys to publicly oppose IP1 ) and Ben Huh, both skeptical of copyright, and an MPAA flunky, discussing the merits of copyright. My main disagreement is the background presumption that copyright was “intended to” and “used to” promote the creation of creative works: “Copyright exists to “promote the useful arts” according to the Constitution. But is it still doing that?” That is not its purpose, and it certainly was never its effect. But Huh and especially Bell are very good here, as is Reason.TV for highlighting this.

For more on the great work of Tom Bell in opposition to IP:

  1. See Patent Lawyers Who Oppose Patent Law. []
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  • Dan April 21, 2012, 4:59 pm

    This video makes the whole point of modern copyright law very clear: benefit 5 foreign companies at the expense of millions of American ones.

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