Introduction to issue

The introduction and implementation of intellectual property laws has, for decades, been seen as essential to protect the rights of authors, and hence their commercial interests, in modern society. A copyright gives the author of a work, exclusive rights over its reproduction, distribution and adaptation, for a fixed period of time. However, recent years have seen the rise of an anti-copyright movement.

The anti-copyright movement is most often seen as a result of the revolutionary changes that the Internet and Web 2.0 have made to the way people work, communicate and entertain themselves. These technologies have made rapid interconnectivity between individuals and communities possible, and in the process, allowed for the cost-free reproduction and distribution of media such as music, films and books. Activists in support of anti-copyright laws often argue that the Internet has made existing copyright laws obsolete. They believe that many creators nowadays believe in giving others the right to reproduce or modify their work, in order to achieve greater distribution and exposure. Others argue that copyright intrinsically represents an intellectual monopoly and giving authors such exclusive commercial rights to their work discourages further creativity on their part.

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