File-Sharing as a Culture-Preserver
From the perspective of somebody with a background in digital archiving, copyright is a squatter’s right, defined by the ability to deny content to others.
The overwhelming majority of works are not Harry Potter, still sold, published, and making money. Most materials under copyright are not reprinted, not available, not distributed, with the rights no longer belonging to those responsible for its creation. But if an archivist tried to digitize it and make any of it available to their patrons without permission…wham! Infringement lawsuit. Read more
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