[ExI] 'Copyright'

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 14:52:15 UTC 2021

On Aug 20, 2021, at 7:35 AM, Dave Sill via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> As copyright is defeated by technology,
> :-) You realize that copyright came about as a response to technology: the printing press?

Yes, though it came about _not_ to protect the financial viability of printing or make sure authors (and editors, etc.) got paid. Instead, it came about because those in power wanted to control printers. Printing allowed the relatively quick dissemination of copies of works, spreading works criticizing church and state, making dissent much cheaper. A copyright was an official license to produce and trade in books in a given area.



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