Re: Copyright politics in the digital age

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 01:47:44 MST

Jim Fehlinger wrote:
> I wrote the following comments to a friend some months
> ago after reading _The Diamond Age_ by Neal Stephenson:
> > I was a little annoyed at the nastiness of the cultural setting,
> > still based on scarcity and social hierarchy amid the material
> > plenty afforded by nanotech assemblers. ... I mean, why the hell did
> > the action of the Neo-Victorian designer of the Young Lady's Guide in
> > making a surreptitious copy for his own daughter constitute such a heinous
> > crime, for crying out loud?

That was part of what I found interesting about the book. It gave a
semi-plausible future stage along the road from where we are to where
the technology makes possible for us to be. I think we will see
interesting and innovative artificial restrictions disguised as the new
way to be just as soon as keeping the current status-quo becomes
obviously a hopeless proposition. I just hope the process is as
relatively peaceful as in Diamond Age.

- samantha

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