Taming the copyright monster

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed to prevent music piracy on the Internet, but has evolved into a powerful hammer that big business uses to enforce monopolies. Copyright law has grown into a monster that deprives purchasers of their property rights. For example, copyright law makes it illegal for you to hire someone to repair or modify your iPhone, or install software without Apple‘s permission. Copyright law also makes it illegal for farmers and hospitals to repair or modify their own equipment.

A shocking number of Americans can’t get access to good food, a problem that existed in 2019 and is exacerbated by the COVID recession. Any law that makes it harder to produce food or deliver healthcare is a terrible law.

Cory Doctorow at Pluralistic