Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow Book Summary – Review

Although the Internet is fairly new, it has transformed our means to connect and interact with each other and see the world. Furthermore, the Internet has created novel methods to consume content no matter it is audio, video, or printed material. Currently, people experience a world comprised of a flow of shared files, in which paid movies, software, or music is thought to be antiquated since generally, people can have them freely.

At the time they are objected, the advocates of shared files tell that any information would like to be unpaid. However, is this real?

Throughout the following lines, we will go through

  • the reason for the need for transformation for copyright laws;
  • the reason locked content does not work; and
  • the way a school in Pennsylvania watched students secretly.

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Chapter 1 – Although the Internet is widespread, individuals still would like to give money for good content.

Individuals generally tell that the ascent of the Internet accelerated the collapse of record companies and laws of copyright. Big record companies could not have a considerable word in the new, emerging following huge music superstar. Superstars currently arise and decline in the virtual world, furthermore, there are certain criteria on the Internet. That is in that virtual world that no-brand independent labels such as Arctic Monkeys could attain gigantic achievement.

However, what is the way for this to function?

The Internet brought foundational transformations on the way customers attain inventive content. When one would like to see a painting, or listen to music, for example, she/he would not require to give money for museum tickets or music albums; they can find these from the Internet. Consequently, individuals are getting used to free attainment increasingly. People are streaming movies; they are listening to music via YouTube; they are looking for visuals.

However, in these conditions, the creators should have been earning nothing with their creations, right?

No, that is not the case. When they are provided with chances, individuals would still like to give money for nice content. Essentially, beginning with the emergence of art, a lot of people wanted to give money for it. A lot of time previously, bosses were hugely impacted by the inventive procedure of producers such as Michelangelo. In nearer times, that strength was utilized by big brands such as EMI that gave money to the groups such as The Beatles in return for music-making. Currently, through the Internet, people who enjoy art may give money to the creators directly.

Therefore, the Internet has essentially been beneficial for creators.

At the time individuals are provided with inventive content without charge, such as YouTube music, many people would look at that, value it and continue with no money given. However, there exists some who would like to back up and value the creator with their payments, specifically when payments are simple to do. When the thing to do is just to write the name of the song to the iTunes Shop, there would be people who give money fairly rather than having files of low quality through unlawful ways.

Chapter 2 – Computer-based keys have not been the means to safeguard any content.

Therefore, the Internet provided attainment to any content. Inherently, that brings anxiety regarding copyright for inventors and clients similarly. However, what is the way an originator could gain profit and safeguard against the dissemination of their piece without payment and pirating?

Computer-based keys might provide a means to accomplish that.

A computer-based lock has simply been a numerical path to mix up any content, safeguarding it till an appropriate key is provided, at a stage that the content comes up in the readable shape. Those kinds of keys have been utilized anywhere, including Kindles and DVD players.

The problem has been that computer-based keys do not function: programmers that work on them just for a couple of days might solve a key simply. Therefore, although these keys have been utilized all around by companies such as Sony and Amazon, they have not been reliable.

Look at Muslix64, a hacker, that solved the lack of the HD-DVD machine quickly. Following this, the information regarding the way to see DVDs with such machines is published everywhere online.

Even worse, people who develop a computer-based lock for you may let the content be confined. When you allow a middleman – for example, a distributor – to lock any content, he/ she decides who may be allowed to see it.

For example, Hachette, a very big book producer of this world, grasped that the strength of these middlemen through experience. They let a computer-based key be placed on every book they were selling through Amazon, however, at the time they did not accept an unjust contract bargain of Amazon, the response came quickly. Just a few hours afterward, nobody could access the producer’s books through Kindle. Including the books of renowned writers such as Rowling. Even worse, this publisher simply could not have to do anything other than objection.

One can see that locking content digitally has not been beneficial. That may be even harmful.

Chapter 3 – Computer-based keys let hackers place malignant viruses and spyware on your device.

With the former chapter, we understood the extent of inefficiency computer-based keys may have. However, there are further drawbacks: they may also be subjected to viruses and hackers. This has been why computer-based locks let firms place secret programs into your device.

For example, because computers currently are created for running every program the builders of computer-based content keys need to save computers from using specific programs, such as ones that could copy CDs. Being successful on that needs the hidden assembly of the thing told the “rootkit”, basically a gathering of software, generally malevolent, which can reach to pieces in your system otherwise unattainable.

Have a look at Sony BMG which, around 2005, distributed more than 6000000 CDs to its customers. Without customers’ knowledge, playing this CD placed a software that blocked customers from making copy-paste music from the CD.

That software – the rootkit – had been a simple aim to misuse. Originally, Sony let its customers’ devices open to virus generators and hackers, since that rootkit supplied a gate to install spyware and malware, and that could impair computers’ systems in addition to letting hackers get passwords and further information by surveillance of those computers.

But the sole company doing that was not Sony. Further wrongdoing occurred around 2009 at the time a school in Pennsylvania distributed 2300 computers to students. Downloaded on those computers had been the secret program that let the cam open and take pictures with no knowledge of students.

A lot of unaware students’ photos had been taken, however, what was going on turned out obvious at the time this school utilized pictures from a student’s room as proof to arrest him because of usage of drugs!

Chapter 4 – There is a battle growing between the no-payment Internet and censorship.

Therefore, is there a mutual share of contraction against copyright rules, censorship, and computer-based keys? All of them show only one fact: everybody wants to be independent and wishes the Internet like them, free similar to themselves. However, inherently, it cannot be obtained without battling.

Honestly, in past years, the fight between the non-paid internet and censorship has grown. For example, computer-based keys were hacked by “pirates”, protests against censorship became widespread all around the world, state confidentialities and governments started to be cyber-attacked by hackers, and secrets of governments started to be published on websites such as WikiLeaks. From each perspective, a non-paid Internet has been the main debatable issue.

Therefore, although contracts that had multiple parties such as PIPA and SOPA had been constructed to decrease piracy over the web and save the rules of copyright, those contracts just generated online anger. Huge crowds of displeased people phoned the senate of the United States and the law was canceled.

To be true, further limiting legislations of copyright would just let the “copyright” seem worse. When people sense that these limitations of copyright are influencing their independence – when, for example, videos criticizing the ruler are prohibited or firms try to manage online content by ordering the deletion of copyrighted data – people would gather and more individuals would head to the unlawful places of the web, such as the deep Internet.

However, censorship could be done with further means as well. For example, technology firms such as YouTube, Google, and Facebook have turned out very strong in a day, raising the possibility for further censorship within the procedure.

What does it mean?

A lot of individuals massively trust platforms such as Google, Facebook, and YouTube, and this means huge strength given to these corporations. They decide the content you will be seeing most probably. When doubtful, inquire yourself the frequency of you looking at the last 10 Google searches of yours? If you check the best results’ content out, the website is just determining the content it presents to you, and the firms to become successful and bankrupt.

Chapter 5 – Copyright has been significant and it should be altered according to the transforming environment.

Therefore, the limitations on copyright rules have been a topic of debate and clash. But the complete idea after the copyrighting is saving individuals against misuse.

This is the reason for this being the right time to modify copyright for the requirements of individuals that would like to manage.

That was secure to think that everybody would like to duplicate copyrighted content was wishing to have some profit. So, that was meaningful to obligate people that want to duplicate anything to initially get the approval of the real creator.

But currently, this is not the same and not that definite, and that brings the inquiry: For which individuals the copyright rules be implemented?

In this 21st century that we are living in, people are duplicating anything. That does not make sense to obligate a fan-fiction writer at the age of 10 to acquire approval from Warner Bros for utilizing the storylines and characters of Harry Potter films.

These kinds of regulations need not be implemented in the everyday performances of ordinary individuals. A further meaningful remedy might be restricting copyrights to the regulations of industries.

Additionally, as far as that restricts our privateness, attainment of info, and independence to communicate thoughts, copyright has also been a problem regarding human rights.

Because people do anything on the Internet – they shop, look at the bank, and even date – the virtual world has changed from opulence to requirement.

Restricting attainment to a requirement in the name of copyright, therefore, dangers people’s right to express themselves freely. Only think about the time the tales of abuses of human rights would be copyrighted: nobody could get information and therefore would not speak regarding that.

Furthermore, copyrighting may violate people’s privacy as well. For example, some years ago, Viacom appealed to YouTube and Google for allowing customers to put videos that were decided to be banned because of being private, and this prohibited Viacom from analyzing the videos of exclusive material.

Fortunately, justice decided against Viacom; when it would not, however, it might have brought big consequences. Firms could afterward reach users’ special documents to investigate regarding private content.

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Similar to how it works these days, copyright rules generally let censorship and this is harmful to content originators and consumers similarly. It is clear that, in this digital era, we need a novel way to regulate inventive content.

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