/weblog/” target=”_blank”>Institute of Network Cultures Blog posted a very interesting interview with Paul Keller, one of the founders of Creative Commons Netherlands. This is a very interesting read in preparation to our Pirate Conference on September 17. At the conference, Martijn Arnoldus (another member of the Creative Commons Netherlands project)

will also take part in the panel following the keynote speech by Matt Mason.

Copyright law usually makes the distinction between private and public. Private is what I show in my own house, legally defined as people I have personal bonds with, in a close community. A public performance requires permission from the copyright holder, while with a private doesn’t. The internet has of course dramatically enlarged the range of our public. If I look at my flickr collection of pictures, hundreds of thousands of people have looked at them, while it it is still essentially the same collection that started its life in a shoe box on my shelf that maybe 5 people looked at back in the days. You can argue that the private has become global, and as a consequence this public-private distinction doesn’t work well for triggering copyright anymore.

Copyright currently justifies a simple binary transaction. I have cultural goods, you

have money, and we do a proper exchange, or otherwise I’m in violation of copyright. Given that everybody can make copies of pretty much anything, this is clearly not the smartest system for organizing knowledge transfer or the distribution of cultural goods.

Read the full interview at the website of the Institute of Network Cultures.

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