Can relaxed copyright laws protect data?

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Offline thedoc

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Can relaxed copyright laws protect data?
« on: 09/04/2013 16:30:02 »
Dalton  asked the Naked Scientists:
Since you are in the communications industry, and make your living from it, I realize you have a big time vested interest in copyright. However, in your recent program, you neglected to discuss the impact of copyright on the life span of communications media.

Now that you have disclosed the unreliability of existing technologies for long term storage of data, you must realize that our salvation lies in the wide spread distribution of data. Employing "multiple backups" as a means of ensuring data survival won't be successful while copyright lasts as long as it does. It relies on the copyright holder to be responsible, and, as we can see, that fails far too often. The survival of data, be it movies, music, images, or text by the masses is far more likely when it is freely copied and distributed among interested parties. Copyright Laws must be changed to ensure the perpetuation of data of all types because we can't rely on economic vested interests to ensure survival.
Dalton Seymour

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Re: Can relaxed copyright laws protect data?
« Reply #1 on: 09/04/2013 20:55:41 »
Relaxed copyright laws will definitely help to protect the longterm future of data, but not the welfare of the artist!
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