Portal: Copyright/Introduction

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Creativity and innovation in the digital world is being seriously hampered by numerous legal challenges and resultant legal incertainty. Any reform of copyright legislation must have as its aim to put an end to this and be accompanied by social, economic and political measures.

Most existing and proposed schemes tries to recreate the scarcity of copies which is completely artificial as in the digital world perfect copies can be made with negligible cost. Not only is this technically a losing battle but it also fails to disregard the fact that the facility with which copies can be made and manipulated as enabled many more people to be involved in the production of culture, access to culture, and beyond this, created cultural communities online that are a cultural asset to society.