The internet makes it easy to get ahold of other people's work. If you protect what you create, no one will see it, but if you put it out there, you risk it being stolen or ending up in places you don't want it to be. The information age has made it easier for us to create, communicate, and share our work and our lives, but it is also more difficult to protect. Copyright and patent laws are as old as the United States itself. Times have changed but the laws and regulations have not. How are advances in technology making it difficult to enforce copyright and patent law today? And how do these laws protect new technologies like software programs and downloadable music and graphics? Bruce Abramson, author of Digital Phoenix: Why the Information Economy Collapsed and How It Will Rise Again, helps us make sense of the information economy in an interview on Focus 580 on Illinois Public Radio (WILL-AM). Abramson explains that we are moving from an industrial age to an information age, but outdated copyright regulations have hindered innovation and advancement. Focus 580 host Jack Brighton noted that Abramson's explanation of how the patent and copyright law works and what problems and opportunities the future holds was probably the best he's ever heard.
Read more at Bruce Abramson's blog, The Informationist.