An article by John Degen
Every year around Shakespeare’s birthday, which has also been declared World Book and Copyright Day (link is external), I see articles popping up here and there repeating some howling inaccuracies about the legal and economic concept of copyright. I get it — copyright is complex and, frankly, not all that gripping. Also, there’s that free culture movement that says all sorts of truthy-sounding things about how copyright might just be a bad thing. And we’re pro-freedom, right? On the other hand… Shakespeare!… plus all those still-alive authors I love to read, and who need to make a living. How is anyone supposed to do the work of truly understanding copyright? I offer this short list of seriously dumb copyright myths to help you through the clutter of free culture bunkum. Hope it helps.