This is so built into the economic model that it would surely be nearly
impossible to separate off the cost and the benefit. 

Abolistion is no doubt an impossibly radical step, but subtle
modifications could no doubt have disproportionate impacts across
industry & commerce.

Ecomomies should enjoy change. 


Best wishes

Robert Binney  

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From: owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk
[mailto:owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk] On Behalf Of Nick Reynolds-FM&T
Sent: 09 October 2009 12:24
To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk
Subject: RE: [backstage] Free as in 'Freedom'

"But the particular law of copyright, imposes more costs than benefits
and should be abolished."

I'd like to see some hard numbers/evidence for this statement. How much
are the costs? In dollars and pounds? How much is the benefit? Not
statements of principle, but numbers.

My opinion is that is you had hard numbers, the case for abolishing
copyright would not stack up, and that copyright creates more benefits
than it costs - in numbers.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk
[mailto:owner-backst...@lists.bbc.co.uk] On Behalf Of David Tomlinson
Sent: 09 October 2009 12:12
To: backstage@lists.bbc.co.uk
Subject: Re: [backstage] Free as in 'Freedom'

Deirdre Harvey wrote:
>  
>  
>> Nick Reynolds-FM&T wrote:
>>> Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose"
>>>
>> Freedom is another word for self determination.
>> Incarceration, the opposite of Freedom is no control.
> 
> Isn't your argument that control is bad and that people must 
> relinquish control for your benefit?
> 
No my argument is some controls are social necessary, we call them laws.
But the particular law of copyright, imposes more costs than benefits
and should be abolished.

We may need to retain control over personal images, and respect peoples
privacy. If we need new laws to maintain these controls we should pass
them.

See the link Michael Smethurst supplied in his email.

The default should be Freedom.
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