In Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, Cory Doctorow states his third Law, “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, People Do”. Information itself is a priceless object that people want to as it can change lives but technology has made it much cheaper, meaning that it is easier to release it. This has happened because of the use of the internet and computers by people and this has brought about gains and losses.

Doctorow starts explaining his third law with the word “copyfight”. This word symbolizes a worldwide movement that is dedicated to changing the way copyrights work such as the increased intermediary liability on the Internet. This fight is not about the information but about the right of people. He states that, “the open Internet – and efforts to close it – affects every one of us”. The “copyfight” however, is not about the rules that the industry has over things but making everyday people follow these rules as if they were major companies themselves. The good thing about copyright is that creators cannot make an intermediary distribute their product without getting paid. The bad thing about it is that the author cannot authorize anyone to break a digital lock put on the product by the intermediary. In simple words, the “copyfight” wants to only change certain parts of copyright that is bad and keep the parts which benefit the common good.

Doctorow states that technology has made the copyright targets anyone. He compares the copyrights design as an anti-tank mine that has changed over time into a normal mine due to the fact that copyrights were meant specifically for big companies to stop copying a product but now it has turned into something that targets anyone who steps on to the law and breaks it even if it is a child. This has been due to a program that has been set up to take down any content that it thinks is breaking the copyright even if it is a small thing as people in the intermediaries do not have the time to look at each content. These people who have their content taken down would have to then hire a lawyer and file legal papers with the intermediary in order to get their content back up which is easy for big companies but not for normal people. However, new videos just keep popping up which is why some people have said that copyright is useless due to technology. Doctorow disputes this as the original purpose of copyright was an industrial regulation and it still serves the purpose till this day.

There is censorship on the internet in the entire world but does it stop 100% of the information from revealing itself? No, but it does block out most of the harm it can cause. On the other hand, Doctorow states, “Adding censorship to the Internet means adding surveillance to the Internet.”, this can be said from the democratic standpoint as it keeps a list of things that the government does not want the public to see which infringes on their freedom of speech. And this can result in a surveillance state. In my opinion, many countries have censorship on the internet and I believe that somethings on the internet cannot be seen by people but other things can be seen such as something bad about the government.

Studios and labels have stated that the future of copyright is “that the law should forbid privacy in order to keep it from being used to hide infringement”. From this, we can see that these intermediaries want to look through people’s personal data in order to help protect themselves. The intermediaries may be scared about copyright infringement but the human rights of the people, which will affect the trust between the two stakeholders. They cannot go this far in order to protect their money. But intermediaries can go as far as controlling what happens on your device. This is through not telling the user which affects their rights. The intermediaries can update your device secretly to remove features and this links to the devices identifying the user as an enemy through digital locks in Doctorow’s second law.

Doctorow describes the process of copying in this day and age as the hardest it will ever be. This is because technology will allow us in the future to copy anything off the internet with ease. I believe in this statement as there are certain barriers that have prevented copying material before technology and now it is easier and the future would have greater technology that can help us. Which is why the stakes of copyright will get higher each time technology is improved. In addition, intermediaries are now regulating the internet outside of the entertainment industry instead of looking at the industry itself.

Copyright has improved through the use of blanket licenses. Blanket licenses are given to clubs, bars or radio stations so that they can play any music they want without being sued by the intermediary. This has helped broaden the accessibility to the music and can help the creator and the investor.

In conclusion, Doctorow’s Third Law, in essence, talks about how the copyright of information has benefited and disadvantaged everyday people when using the internet. He states at the end that “copyright shouldn’t be to ensure that whoever got lucky with last year’s business model.” Copyright that benefits the normal people on the internet needs to appeal to a diversity of things and should not get in the way of the creators. The problem with today’s copyright is that only money controls it and I believe the Third Law is trying to say that copyright is one of the problems that trap people when using the internet and that copyright should be changed to allow people to freely use the copyrighted material unless by a company, even though there has been some breakthrough with the use of Blanket Licenses. On the other hand, even though the Third Law states that the Internet has trapped people within it, it has also boosted the creative industry through social media and advertising which has made it more creative.

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