Santosh, I see my duty as working to ensure that access to information
and knowledge is not blocked by greedy corporates, the Bill Gates of
the world, and others who spread FUD (fear, uncertainity and doubt)
over issues like "intellectual property" and irrational fears about
Goanet Reader, and, it's wherever possible CreativeCommons license, is
an example of what we are trying. Likewise, at least a couple of books
have been published in Goa in the past few months under such a
license. My 7000+ sharable photos online is another small step in this
direction. We have never faced problems about work being "stolen" and
reproduced without permission. We need to make it easier for people to
share content, and everyone would then benefit.
We need to recognise that copyright laws (and patents) have reached a
My friends Lawrence Liang, et al of the Alternative Law Forum of
Bangalore put it well when they say:
OPENQUOTE The existence of alternatives to copyright -- such as
copyleft, the open source movement, the Fairshare and Street Performer
protocols -- belie the reality of copyright. Conceptually, these
alternatives challenge the fundamentals upon which copyright rests.
The emphasis is on the ability of users to modify and distribute works
-- yet there is still 'incentive' to create, as is evident in the
success and spread of Linux. Essentially there is no contradiction of
purpose as it creates public rights for a public purpose.
If the world of copyright constructs itself as the only model of
incentive, reward, etc for creative labour, the symbolic power of the
open source movement rests in the creation of alternative social
imaginaries which turn every assumption of copyright upon itself.
Post by Santosh Helekar
As a writer what are your responsibilities towards
your readers? Do you feel obliged to tell them that
what you copied and pasted from Shakespeare is
actually written by him?
Here is the entirety of Shakespeare's works freely
Would you now copy Hamlet and publish it under your
own name in Goa as Amcho Shet? Neither Shakespeare nor
MIT would sue you.
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