How the Internet will save people from copyright

    The legal, economic, and moral aspects of piracy are being actively discussed in America and Europe.
    It is pleasant that this wave also reached Habr .
    That's just she covered it a little off the side on which I expected.

    I decided to voice an alternative point of view on how the Internet is changing our views on the phenomenon of piracy and copyright. But I will try to go beyond the discussion of banal downloading of films and music, and talk about information in general.

    An ancient hacker slogan reads: Information must be free!
    The meaning of this slogan can be partially revealed by the famous statement of Bernard Shaw:
    If you have an apple and I have an apple, and if we exchange these apples, then you and I have one apple left. And if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

    Information has one remarkable feature - it is intangible.
    It is impossible to steal, it is impossible to take away, it will not burn out and will not evaporate.
    If a person shares information with other people, society as a whole becomes smarter.

    I’m sure that many will call me a Utopian, but just imagine for a moment ...

    How would our world have changed if every person had access to absolutely any information?
    If any programmer could look at the source code of absolutely any program and use them as he wishes.
    If Intel and AMD would take and publish all their technological developments, which would allow them to borrow the best friend-to-friend solutions.
    If auto engineers would open their groundwork in the field of passive safety and engine efficiency ...
    In general, here everything is limited only by your imagination.

    Unfortunately, many do not understand the beauty and usefulness of open information.
    These people are too accustomed to their "traditional" business models and do not want to change them.
    They are doing their best to restrict access to information with a variety of DRMs, proprietary standards and whole closed platforms (Apple, cuckoo;)).

    There recently ran an article about how the Internet will be in 2012 .
    Someone immediately started screaming “photoshop”, without even thinking about the meaning of the article.
    But she raises another “related” topic with copyright and piracy - the topicnetwork neutrality , which is no less relevant.
    This idea was best expressed by the dad of the Web itself - Tim Berners-Lee:
    If I’m connected to the Internet of a certain quality (speed - approx. ) And you are connected to the Internet of the same or better quality, then we can interact with each other at this level of quality.

    The idea of ​​network neutrality is intended to protect the Internet from the fate of the radio: at first, anyone could create their own radio station, but the most cunning uncle saw the prospect of profit in this matter, lobbied the laws of state regulation of the broadcasting spectrum and successfully divided them among themselves. If now some radio fan tries to start broadcasting without a license, “people in black” will very soon knock on him.

    Of course, there is no real threat that the same thing will happen to the Internet. Too much people have tried this incomparable chip;)
    But for example, radishes such as the American provider Comcast do not disdain to actively intervene in the traffic of their users, actually blocking their participation in p2p networks. After long cries of users, FCCshe put in a piston for Comcast and forbade her to engage in this disgrace, but an unpleasant aftertaste remained.

    Why am I telling you all this?
    The Internet has given us a real opportunity to share almost any information with great speed.
    He set the direction of movement of our society - the movement towards free information.
    Anyone who understands this has already earned (Google, and you crap;)) or else will earn his fortune.
    And the one who resists and tries to impose idiotic restrictions on his users will sooner or later either change or die, unable to withstand the competition.

    We already have in our hands everything necessary for information to be free.
    The only thing left is to bring the legislative framework in line with reality: legalize piracy, eliminate the concept of copyright (more precisely, transform it into a form convenient for society) and allow the free exchange of any information without any restrictions. And there is an opinion that Sweden will be the first swallow with their bay - if only the European Union would not crush.

    What, I don’t believe it directly?
    Is it all too chocolate with this idea of ​​free information?
    Well then get a fly in the ointment: forget about "personal information" - in the future it will become public :)
    And a portion of pedophilia and other abomination will be added to this information soup ... you can think up the rest yourself.

    PS With DileSoft (author of this topic) I completely agree that many offline services will go online, but IMHO this is a natural process, which depends on the phenomenon of piracy a little.

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