From: Sandy Thatcher <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:54:31 -0600

Are you saying, Kevin, that copyright no longer works for any
industry, or is it just the scholarly publishing industry you want to
see relieved of copyright protection?  Do you believe, say, musicians
should just give away their music for free and try to make a living on
concerts, selling t-shirts, etc.? How about trade book authors, or
authors of textbooks?  How about painters or sculptors, or film
makers, etc.?

Sandy Thatcher

> From: Kevin Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:28:33 +0000
> It is probably worth remember that the policy of ignoring copyrights
> granted by foreign governments, which is what SciHub is doing, was
> also the stance of the American publishing industry throughout the
> 19th century.  Publishing grew as fast as it did in the U.S. in part
> because it was able to publish works from abroad without negotiating
> royalties, since our nation did not recognize rights over foreign IP.
> Copyright is not a god-given natural right, and we should avoid
> reifying it.  It is, in fact, a form of economic social engineering
> design to achieve particular conditions.  When it no longer serves its
> purpose, it may be time to reconsider our commitment to the copyright
> regime once again, as a policy decision made for specific historical
> conditions that no longer obtain.
> Kevin

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