Copyright is always and in all cases an infringement on civil liberties. One person's actions are limited by the actions of someone else, a classic "anti-right". Copyright acts as a form of protectionism to support well-educated, wealthy people and contrived business models. Britain would become more free, more egalitarian and more wealthy if Copyright was abolished.

The perceived benefits of copyright include:

o That it is a prerequisite for innovation.

o That it protects artists.

The evidence doesn't support these claims. Free software dominates; commercial music is stale and predatory; artists remain poor while corporate interests feed off them. Common law that pre-dates copyright by hundreds of years prevents people from claiming to sell works as their own when they are not. Those interested in more detail could look to Boldrin [1], who demolishes defenses such as these on a philosophical and practical level.

The abolition of copyright would create a more free country, and attract the entreprenerial types that come with it. The economic benefit to this liberation could well rival that experienced after the America Revolution when Britain used the ideas of Adam Smith to move from a mercantilist model to free trade.

[1] Against Intellectual Monopoly; Boldrin, Levine; Cambridge University Press 2008

Why is this idea important?

Improves civil liberties.

Improves economy.

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