Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 21:19 UTC
Legal Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday dear copyright law... Yeah, it's April 10, the birthday of copyright (thanks, Arnoud). In 1710, 300 years ago, England enacted the very first copyright law, cutely named the Statute of Anne, after then-reigning Queen Anne. When reading about those early days of copyright, one can't help but hope we will return to those days - the Statute of Anne has little to nothing to do with modern copyright.
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High hopes
by Punktyras on Sat 10th Apr 2010 22:50 UTC
Punktyras
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The terms of the Statue of Anne were relatively reasonable.
Statue -> Statute

Spreading of printing was the reason to invent copyright. I do hope invention of internet will serve eventualy as the reason of its demise. At least in so badly (de-)formed shape we see today.

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