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Because it's Friday: Copyright vs creativity

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When the USA codified its copyright and patent laws in the 18th century, the goal was to create a robust public domain that all of society could benefit from, while still giving inventors and content creators a window in which to capitalize on their creative investment. Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson concludes his excellent Everything is a Remix series with a look at how over the years the laws have turned to preventing content from entering the public domain and protecting creators indefinitely:

 

Much of the change in the laws is a result of the influence of media companies, usually backed by the claim that copying (legal or otherwise) costs billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Rob Reid takes a look at the numbers behind those claims in his humorous TED talk, Copyright Math (TM):