Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2012-04-24

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  1. William Patry’s book has several great points.
    I have a great deal of respect for him since he is one of the marginal who are fearless enough to answer the most basic question: why do we have copyright laws at all.
    He sets straight numerous myths following today’s mainstream justification about copyright that it is meant to balance the interests of authors with the interests of the people. 

    The big predicament his book is that it is founded on incorrect suppositions and as a result it concludes with awfully risky proposals.
    Patry thinks that copyright laws are not about giving creators the right to have power over how their works are utilized.
    In his view, the purpose of copyright laws is to ensure the most benefits to the public but only give authors the bare minimum to would encourage creativity.

    In my critique, How Not To Fix Copyright – My Response to William Patry (http://mincovlaw.com/blog-post/how_not_to_fix_copyright) , I talk about the errors in Patry’s approach and give a lot of detailed commentaries to extracts from his book.

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