Bruce Lehman, the man who led the development of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA, 1998) has now decided that that policy hasn't worked out well (link to another Bryan blog). But I wanted to quote this one other, breathtaking observation, which speaks to the history of information:
"The cat's out of the bag... Our attempts at copyright control have not been successful... We are now in, if not entering, the post-copyright era... ."
Many of us have been making that argument for years, and it's still a controversial idea. But it's amazing to her Bruce Lehman say that.
Lehman also thinks we're going back to patronage. Meh, I'm not sure I see that as the dominant mode. It is happening in some ways.