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Copyright makes you live in fear.

Some years ago, copyright did not usually hang around your daily live. One day you wake up feeling creative. In the past you would cut out a photo from the newspaper, stick it on a completely different photo and maybe even draw some funny complement on it. This collage, of which you were very proud, would remain exposed in your kitchen for a long time. No matter of whom is the photo or what you did, your life was safe.

However nowadays everybody’s life is a bit more public and every little action is apt to have lot of repercussion. In a network world, things are more unpredictable than ever and thus are much more difficult to control. The old copyright is not useful anymore because every piece of work become digital and digital staff spread like wildfire.

If the copies are free, the idea should be more rewarded. But, how much does an idea cost? That is the better and the worse of living connected. The inspiration and materials to carry out creative works are around, but some of them are untouchable although completely within reach. In the middle of such amount of information totally new ideas are almost impossible. How not being influenced  by any previous shared ideas?

In an ideal world nobody would appropriate another people’s ideas, and artist would not need to fight to get incomes from their job. Unfortunately, things are not always like that, and the laws are not changing as fast as the world.

For daily ideas a pretty useful solution is that the owner chose the desired future use of his/her creation. If only showed or also allowed to modify and reshare. The really complicated matter is to be fair with the people who used to live from intellectual property.

Media business (like music) should continue fighting to find their new place in a different ruled world. Adapt or die!.

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