Rebooting copyright (blog)

Ah hello hello hello. Long time no, um, blog.

I’ve been busy going back to first principles and working out how we can adapt to a world in which the failure of copyright seems to be collapsing the media ever more quickly.

I’m still obsessive about copyright, of course, but I have begun to wonder if we need to focus our attention in a different direction.

Getting right to the nub of it, the central purpose of copyright is to enable creators to benefit from their work. It has lots of surrounding detail but that core function is critical.

Critical and no longer reliable.

So I have paused, for a while, my focus on the legal and regulatory cause of the malaise. Coming up with solutions which work, which I have helped with, can’t solve anything as long as progress is a political rather than practical process.

So I have been focusing on the practical. What can be done, right now, without the need for any political involvement at all?

Not just conceptualising it, but designing it. Not just designing it but building it.

It’s built. It’s about to launch. It makes, I hope you will think, perfect sense. And it changes everything, without depending on the politicians changing anything.

So I’m going to start writing here and elsewhere again, to explain some of the thinking which has led to Agate. Keep an eye on www.Agate.one where a new site will be launched soon, and a product soon afterwards.

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