Interesting view on Copyright
von Gaylord, am 11 August 2010 - 0 Kommentare
In issue 31, the german magazine "Der Spiegel" has an interesting article about the impact of copyright on the book market in the 19th century. The copyright was originally invented to protect the author. It was said that no author would write anything without his copyright being protected. But it turned out the copyright protected the position of the publishing companies much more than the ones of the author. The books in england (where copyright existed) became a luxury good because the publishing companies sold them for very high prices. In germany, without copyright, books were very cheap and the publishing companies focussed on making printing cheaper (inventing the paperback). During this time, germany produced way more new content than england.
Interesting analogy to today's situation in the music industry, IMHO...