April 11, 2005 · Lessig
The OECD has released a fantastic new report on “Digital Broadband Content.” I saw a draft a while ago, but it was embargoed at the time, and then, delayed in its release by those who didn’t like its very balanced message. Unlike those pressing the “US view,” there’s lots in this document that advances the debate quite well. Some bits I would disagree with, and other bits, quibble with, but this is precisely the stuff this debate needs.
One issue that the document frames nicely, but doesn’t quite address: Notice the trade-off between (1) the way we choose to protect IP and (2) the kinds of creativity we encourage. (This is a point made well by Terry Fisher in his discussion of “semiotic democracy.”)
If we INDUCE and support the “per copy” model of copyright, for all content, especially video and music, and if we supplement that protection strong DRM, we pollute the opportunity for remix culture to develop. That should force us to ask: is there a way to protect the legitimate IP interests of the copyright holders, without polluting remix culture?