Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Free Culture Advocacy Is Older Than You Think

It may feel like the whole "copyleft" movement is a relatively new phenomenon that has only come to prominence in the digital age. As it turns out, while the concept certainly has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, it is in fact an age old idea.

Around the turn of the 20th century, James Frederick Willetts ran a massive piracy operation in England, printing and distributing unlicensed copies of the day's most popular sheet music. The below article from Copyhype contains excerpts from a hearing held by the British Parliament, at which James Willetts testifies and makes his case for "permissionless innovation".

Sound familiar? Read it for yourself and leave your comments below!

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