Welcome to the website of the Creators' Copyright Coalition. We at the CCC are committed to access to our creative works just as we are committed to copyright: we work for copyright legislation that ensures both. Here on our op-ed pages we will be posting opinion, commentary, links, and news of interest to creators and others engaged in copyright reform. Elsewhere, you'll find our archive of studies, handbooks and press releases. And while we're not currently hosting a discussion forum, comments sent to us may be posted or noted here (unless you ask us not to).

The Bordered Internet

By Op-Ed Editor | January 16, 2006

The online site of the American journal Legal Affairs has a thoughtful piece on how cyberspace, once widely considered a lawless frontier where norms might prevail but laws had no application, is rapidly submitting to the rule of law. The more important digital information becomes, the more it becomes clear that is is going to submit to the rule of law. Bad when Chinese law means censoring the net. Good when rights can be enforced.

The story by Jack Goldsmith and Timothy Wu is available at :
http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/January-February-2006/feature_goldsmith_janfeb06.msp

Another straw in the wind. The Globe & Mail reported on Jan 6 how large telcos are “laying the groundwork” for making Google and other large internet content providers pay for their use of telecommunications networks. “The phone companies envisage a system whereby Internet companies would pay a fee for their content to receive priority treatment.” Hey, if we are paying for the transmission, we can pay the rightsholders, no.

Just to confirm the fading of the freedom of the net: you cannot even read the Globe’s story now unless you are a paid online subscriber.

Permanent Link | Send Us A Comment

Send us a comment

While we don't publish a comments section on our site directly, all mail is read by representatives of the CCC for possible response or incorporation into the op-ed section of the site, unless you ask us not to. Drop us a line at remove all the numbers from the following, and replace % with @, ^ with .: e987d9it12o44r%c439reat9922orsc922opyrig630ht^c98a.

Op-Ed Pages Op-Ed Archives