Paula Le DieuA Brief History of Copyright | Do Lectures


Really nice video here (thanks to Luke Sital Singh for pushing it my way) from the Do Lectures weekend in 2011, at which the Director of Digital content at the British Film Institute, Paula Ledieu, gives a short history of copyright, what’s gone wrong with it, and how it needs to be fixed.

This relates directly to some of the chapters in Mutiny, where I bring pirates into the copyright debate. Drawing on Lewis Hyde’s book Common As Air I look at how America began as the ‘original pirate nation’ – and how disturbingly far it has strayed from those original values of ‘private compensation, followed by public benefit.’

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