In “The Database and the Essay: Understanding Composition as Articulation”, by Johndan Johnson-Eilola, I found several things interesting. The main one is that this line of argument seems totally contrary to what Lessig was talking about in his TED talk. Lessig seems to be saying that if the masses of technology users rise up and communicate their thoughts that conceptions of fair use should be expanded, copyright holders (and the legal system) will listen, much like they did when BMI won their battle against ASCAP, with the end result being that information is free.
Johnson-Eilola, on the other hand, seems to be arguing completely the opposite. He thinks that copyright holders and the legal system, enabled by vast improvements in keeping track of transactions as a result of technology, along with trend-setting legal battles, have already made their decision. And the result of that decision will be that all things that can be copyrighted will be copyrighted, and everyone who uses copyrighted material will pay for that use, or they will suffer the consequences.
What do yall think about this?
Also, some additional food for thought:
–Texts Without Contexts-some guy’s book that is almost completely a database of previously published work.
-A free economics textbook you say? But I thought “we can’t seperate writing from the economic sphere”? (Johnson-Eilola 212)