The Digital Copyright Lie
- 1The concept of copyright isn't anything new, but the digital age has brought some difficulties to light concerning those rights that weren't so obvious before things went all digital. Chief among them are the rights, or more importantly, the copyrights surrounding works.
- 2Lie One: Libraries Buy All of Their Books
- 3Lie Two: The Copyright Owner Gets Paid When Books Are Loaned Out
- 4Lie Three: A Library Can Only Lend Books to One Person At a Time
The concept of copyright isn’t anything new, but the digital age has brought some difficulties to light concerning those rights that weren’t so obvious before things went all digital. Chief among them are the rights, or more importantly, the copyrights surrounding works.
Few people today realize it, but the modern library isn’t really that old, and it isn’t something that book printing companies ever wanted to see in place. This is because libraries give away for free what book companies charge for. The two are diametrically opposed, yet few are even aware of this. This has to do with the three most common mythical arguments used by the book lobbying industries to prevent the spread of free digital media. This is an interesting discussion run by the guys at Torrent Freaks: http://torrentfreak.com/public-libraries-show-why-sharing-culture-should-never-have-been-banned-in-the-first-place-140112/
Lie One: Libraries Buy All of Their Books
Completely inaccurate. While some libraries buy books, almost every country in the world with public libraries requires book printers to set aside free copies of every title printed.
Lie Two: The Copyright Owner Gets Paid When Books Are Loaned Out
This is also largely incorrect. In most cases where this occurs, which isn’t many, a small portion of money is put into a government controlled fund that is used to provide – you guessed it – books to libraries. In rare cases the copyright holder may receive a share, but that is the exception, and not the rule.
Lie Three: A Library Can Only Lend Books to One Person At a Time
While technically true, this has never been a practical limitation. Just visit any library in the world that has a photocopying machine, and see how freely ‘copyright’ law is violated – hundreds of times each day.
In other words, copyright is less about rights, and more about profits. It just isn’t politically correct to discuss the finer points in public.