Copyright law addresses needs from centuries ago
Summary: Laws which were written in the age of primitive printing machines cannot be applied to the age of mass exchange (Internet)
WHILE Hollywood is trying to make copyright law even more draconian (through TPP), here in Europe there is an effort to reform (weaken) copyright [1,2]. It is a struggle between politicians who work for Hollywood and politicians who work for the people, not just European people. Sometimes the former group is scoring wins; take for instance this US-style censorship of the Web at the behest of the copyright monopoly (mostly from the US) .
The copyright monopoly fought Google over the attempts to reform copyrights for the digital age and Google has just won [4,5,6]. Microsoft, as usual, fought all along together with the copyright monopoly (against Google), showing its huge hypocrisy because it tried to do what Google did and just never succeeded (the product/service got shut down). This whole case helped show what force we are up against and it helped show that with enough determination we can defeat the copyright monopoly. We just need more activism and we need to pressure our politicians to serve public interests, not publicly-traded companies. █
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