The copyright system has serious design flaws¶
The copyright system that is currently applied world-wide has some serious issues.
It is rather a lottery than a serious rewarding system. As a content producer you may occasionally get famous and rich, but you need a good manager and a big portion of good luck.
The legal infrastructure is expensive and causes huge costs for our governments. Regulating the use and sharing of digitally published content has become a Sisyphean task causing absurd laws and requiring hordes of human resources in public administrations.
Copyright has become counter-productive for creativity. It causes increased administrative work for publishers and distributors, leading to dependencies that hinder creative work and directly influence production workflows.
Copyright in its current form leads to conflicts of interest between individual humans and corporations where the former usually are defeated by the latter because of their different nature. Some examples where copyright is being misused by private corporations, are documented on Wikipedia.
The Case Against Patents by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 3-22, (Winter 2013), commented in Comments by Karsten Gerloff and A question of utility in The Economist (Aug 8th 2015).
Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? by Glyn Moody, June 2016.
The topic appears occasionally in controversial Internet discussions where it usually makes no sense because both wings (recognition and ownership) are considered as a whole: