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From Cartographic Communities to Bureaucratic Limitations in Innovation

By: Alyson Wyers - May 15, 2015
These talks on copyright discuss the legal rights given to the originator or creator of something and that work's authorized distribution. In the digital age this has become an increasingly complicated concept.

Novelist John Green discusses what he refers to as a copyright trap, paper towns. These are fictional towns cartographers put on their maps so they know if other map makers copy them. However, he uses a specific example of a paper town as a metaphor for how we shape the world around us.

Economist Daron Acemoglu positions copyright as red tape preventing entrepreneurs from innovating to their fullest. In another of the talks on copyright, Corey Doctorow talks about digital copyright, online theft and Internet laws. He believes that good laws promote creativity while still protecting content creators.

In a world where the Internet is still largely ungoverned it will be interesting to see how an open and free online space will support copyright law.