Reading the Scriptures (1833), by Joseph Epenetus Coombs

Walled Culture, the Book, Now Available

‘Walled Culture: How Big Content Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Keep Creators Poor’ is a new book by long time tech journalist and copyright policy observer Glyn Moody.

The book is available as a paperback and for download in various digital formats. It is part of the Walled Culture Project and provides a compact, non-technical history of digital copyright and its problems over the last 30 years, and the social, economic and technological implications. One chapter chronicles the fight over the EU copyright directive between 2014 and 2019.

Glyn who has been a keen observer of all discussions around copyright policy in the EU over the past decades tries to answer the following key questions:

  • What are the problems with copyright in the digital age?
  • Why does copyright harm creators and block global access to knowledge?
  • How does copyright threaten basic freedoms and undermine the Internet?
  • How can we promote creativity and help artists and make a living in the digital age?
  • What should we do to solve all these problems?

Walled Culture draws on the interviews published on the project website. All references to online sources link to archival copies held by the Internet Archive, thus ensuring that the book will remain useful even when the original sources are relocated or become permanently unavailable.

COMMUNIA congratulates Glyn on the publication of his important book and particularly on his choice to dedicate the book to the Public Domain.

King Charles II of England addresses members of the Estates General, 1660, Theodor Matham, after Jacob Toorenvliet, 1660
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