The Way Forward on Copyright Reform
by Derek Khanna
Derek Khanna argues that copyright was never intended to stand in perpetuity, yet that is in effect what we have for a large number of works today. Copyright’s original purpose was not to compensate content creators, but to promote the arts and sciences, as explained in the Constitution. Returning to that aim should entail shorter copyright terms, which permit future reuses of creative content. Khanna outlines several upcoming opportunities to move in this direction.
Civil Asset Forfeiture and Intellectual Property
by Timothy B. Lee
Since the passage of the 2008 PRO-IP Act, the federal government has been able to use civil asset forfeiture to circumvent even having to make a case against copyright infringers. It may now simply seize and shut down allegedly violating websites. Libertarians have always found civil asset forfeiture troubling, and its extension into intellectual property should be reversed. Timothy B. Lee argues that this is one place where our copyright system is ripe for reform.
A Balanced Approach to Copyright
by Ryan Radia
Ryan Radia argues for a middle path on intellectual property. He reminds those who treat copyright as a privilege or a subsidy how similar copyright is to traditional property protections. He further reminds those who favor the current system that in practice, even property rights in land are subject to abridgement in the name of efficiency.
Copyright Reform through Private Ordering
by Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz argues that labeling copyright a regulation rather than a property right will perversely result in more regulation and less freedom. Copyright is a flexible system that allows private bargaining and a wide array of mutually satisfactory transactions. Indeed, the creative use of copyright has already substantially mitigated many of the perceived dangers of Digital Rights Management. Considered as such, the private ordering system known as copyright is worth defending.
- Reform Copyright – To Resemble Traditional Property Rights by Timothy B. Lee
- Congress Isn’t Ready for a Big Change. Here Are Some Smaller Ones. by Ryan Radia
- The System Already Tilts in Hollywood’s Favor by Timothy B. Lee
- The Problems with Natural-Law Copyright by Derek Khanna
- Copyright Needs to Evolve, Not Die. by Ryan Radia
- Where are the Creators? Consider Creators in Copyright Reform by Mark Schultz