YouTube and the DMCA
Larry Lessig once proposed a fee to renew copyrights - not to make the creative process more expensive but to ensure that the public retains effective access to intellectual property even if the creator/rights owner no longer sees any value in.
Lessig's concern is that a lot of material languishes in uselessness because the rights holder has lost interest or no longer exists. Clearing the rights to use such material is difficult or impossible - an active rights renewal process would change the balance in favor of use.
At O'Reilly Radar.
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