Would books be published without copyright?


Stephen Greenblatt writes in The Swerve; How the World Became Modern, “Authors made nothing from the sale of their books; their profits derived from the wealthy patron to whom the work was dedicated. (The arrangement … seems odd to us but it had an impressive stability, remaining in place until the invention of copyright in the eighteenth century.) Publishers had to contend, as we have seen, with the widespread copying [by hand] of books among friends, but the business of producing and marketing books must have been a profitable one; there were bookshops not only in Rome but also in Brindisi, Carthage… and other cities [in the Roman empire].”

This suggests to me that books and other writings today would be produced without copyright, which is after all a government granted monopoly and an enormous tax on the public. Think about it.

More like this can be seen on www.againstmonopoly.org/index

One thought on “Would books be published without copyright?

  1. WT

    That’s a rather rhetorical question.
    No doubt books would still be published, music would still be sung and actors would still play. Maybe not entirely without copyright, but definitely in a drastically modified version of today’s monopolistic copyright laws.

    It’s like asking if people would still find it in themselves to help each other after Kindness would be copyrighted one day.

    It’s too late to take things back and say copyright is more important than other things, just like you can’t stop file sharing based on a copyright law.


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