[A2k] Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess (Free download available today)

Krista L. Cox krista.cox at keionline.org
Fri Jan 18 12:01:12 PST 2013

Today, the book Copyright Unbalanced is being made available for free
download on Kindle and iBooks (to commemorate the anniversary of the SOPA
blackouts).  Scroll down at the following link:

>From the website:

About the Book
The Constitution gives Congress the power to establish copyright “to
promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.” This requires Congress to
engage in a delicate balancing act, giving authors enough protection that
they will be motivated to create expressive works, but not so much that it
hampers innovation and public access to information. Yet over the past
half-century Congress has routinely shifted the balance in only one
direction—away from access and freedom and toward greater privileges for
organized special interests.

Conservatives and libertarians, who are naturally suspicious of big
government, should be skeptical of an ever-expanding copyright system. They
should also be skeptical of the recent trend toward criminal prosecution of
even minor copyright infringements, of the growing use of civil asset
forfeiture in copyright enforcement, and of attempts to regulate the
Internet and electronics in the name of piracy eradication.

Copyright Unbalanced is not a moral case for or against copyright; it is a
pragmatic look at the excesses of the present copyright regime and of
proposals to expand it further. It is a call for reform—to roll back the
expansions and reinstate the limits that the Constitution’s framers placed
on copyright.

Krista L. Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

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