Claiming the Moral High Ground in the Copyright Wars

McGuinness, P. (ed) 2015, Copyfight: Talking About Copyright. (Sydney: NewSouth)

8 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2015

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Dan Hunter

Swinburne Law School

Nicolas Suzor

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 13, 2014

Abstract

Of all the reasons given to strengthen copyright law, the one that seems strongest is the moral argument by musicians, authors, artists and other creators that the internet is taking away their livelihood. But from the perspective of the national interest, the current set of proposals, globally, to shift the responsibility for enforcing copyright to intermediaries are bad ideas. Harming the communications infrastructure is a bet against the future – and against those newly emerging creators who don’t follow the model of the past. In this chapter of an edited collection of works about disputes over copyright, we examine the nature of the moral claims by various actors within the copyright system.

Keywords: Copyright

Suggested Citation

Hunter, Dan and Suzor, Nicolas, Claiming the Moral High Ground in the Copyright Wars (October 13, 2014). McGuinness, P. (ed) 2015, Copyfight: Talking About Copyright. (Sydney: NewSouth) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2594104

Dan Hunter (Contact Author)

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Nicolas Suzor

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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