Bits Exist to be Copied!

Okay, just in case this gets lost in my previous post, “Giving It All Away,” here’s Cory Doctorow again on his justification for supporting the “Creative Commons” concept:

 

I believe that we live in an era where anything that can be expressed as bits will be. I believe that bits exist to be copied. Therefore, I believe that any business-model that depends on your bits not being copied is just dumb, and that lawmakers who try to prop these up are like governments that sink fortunes into protecting people who insist on living on the sides of active volcanoes. 

Are you getting that? “…bits exist to be copied.” Therefore, “…any business-model [sic] that depends on your bits not being copied is just dumb…” Futhermore, because “bits exist to be copied… lawmakers who try to prop these up are like governments that sink fortunes into protecting people…”

According to Doctorow, it’s cause and effect: if bits are forced go against their fundamental nature by not being copied, then really stupid and bad things happen. And this guy is one of the leading activists against intellectual property.

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