Copyright and Intellectual Property: Change is Coming.
🧚♀️ C2C Economy, Digital Distribution and Copyright
Nowadays, there is almost no anonymity online. Instead, many people strive for the opposite – total publicity as it concerns their professional goals, copyrighted materials, and intellectual property. In our booming world with new value systems, it just doesn't make sense to hide your intellectual property. It doesn't make sense to hide a new idea instead of implementing it. Perhaps, it could even be considered a crime in the future. However, we aren't discussing the copyright's abolition or its infringement.
Against the backdrop of the new developments and opportunities in today's information-centric culture, traditional copyright registration can be an obsolete means to an effective end. In many cases, it's even a limiting factor for industry development and infringes on authors' rights. Moreover, our current intellectual property system benefits corporations by complicating the process of protecting the rights of content creators. As a result, our system is almost a tragic comedy in an era of opportunities and innovations.
In most cases, intellectual property registration is more like a competition and has nothing to do with people's needs. On the one hand, every person has an inherent right to the optimal distribution of their intellectual activities. On the other hand, society has constructed a robust system of checks and balances, and power lies in the hands of an elite few. It's no secret that information technology has changed concepts of relationships in all spheres of human activity – including between content creators and their buyers.
There is a highly radical view that any intellectual property belongs to society. This point of view is followed by corporations, whose success is based on using authors' text, music, video, pictures, and other intellectual property effectively. Indeed, we can understand that. But our current system has effectively obstructed the development of modern digital distribution methods that appropriately reward content creators.
Suppose the idea of intellectual property belonging to an entire society isn't so far off the mark. In that case, it's only fair that society pays back the individuals behind the content who created the value for the world. We're obligated to work out a method that helps content creators claim what they deserve freely. The system needs to be simple, fast, and cheap. Content creators need to have an opportunity to be active participants in their intellectual property distribution process. These innovative new systems and mechanisms should benefit everyone, from the initial creator to the consumer.
No technology-related obstacles stand in the way of reaching these goals. Moreover, some entrepreneurs and enthusiasts find creative solutions within the current legal framework to enable the simplification of copyright registration and intellectual property distribution. However, with the support of governments worldwide, we could improve the quality of life for millions of people and achieve new levels of interpersonal communication. We could launch a new economy for an information-based society.
Can you afford to buy a music track for $0.99? Of course, you can! What if you lived in a less economically-developed country? Probably not! Where do these prices come from? Does the music creator set them? Should the creator earn enough? Yes, they definitely should. But should this track be available to the public? Yes, it should. What is the copyright of the way, and can we change it? I believe new systems are possible and that there are no technical obstacles barring us from putting these systems into place. All these questions lead to a single answer: the simplification of registration and reward. Easier copyright recognition will open doors to a new era of digital distribution and intellectual property rights transfer.
Remember how it was incredibly complicated for authors to navigate book publishing, IP registration processes, terms and fees, and other obstacles in the recent past? Now, all it takes to publish is just typing text in a program. But, of course, the new wave of indie authors has raised plenty of complaints. Some recognized authors believe that every 'hack writer' can become an Author. However, these thoughts stem from a fear of losing personal status, an inability to accept innovations, and other concerns that arise from human defense mechanisms.
I am sure the intellectual property sphere will undergo a similar revolution. There's just no question that technology is worlds ahead of legislation. It's just up to society to acknowledge this reality and move forward. We have to provide new opportunities for content creators to distribute their work. If we don't, we're permitting artificial barriers to content creation, the production of intellectual property rights, and distribution independently. Creators have a right to select their terms of sale and use and the value of their product.
I discussed digital distribution in my previous posts, and I got feedback. I am sure we must provide the entire chain with every advantage of new technologies and legal solutions – when a content creator can control the whole process, the consumer can access the products they want without violating the creators' rights. In addition, the sales conditions will benefit everyone involved. For example, if you ask a musician how they sell their songs or how often they're in rotation on the radio, they're likely to burst into tears.
There isn't about any side's plight but the absurd situation we're currently in. Both authors and consumers need each other. However, no one's talking about the causes of our current situation or the army of invisible intermediaries that control buyer/seller relationships. The internet has revolutionized our processes and values, regardless of how stagnant they seemed before the age of technology. As a result, I'm convinced we'll soon witness considerable changes in the copyright and intellectual property spheres.
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