Alternatives to Copyright : FairShare

William Fisher is Larry’s guest blogger this week. William is the author of “Promises to Keep – Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment” in which he advocates the replacement of copyright with a government-run scheme of compulsory taxation, the proceeds of which are then allocated to creators.

Now the libertarian in me instinctively dislikes the notion of the effective nationalisation of an entire industry, and so I thought it was time to dust off a proposal I put together several years ago which still seems rather relevant today. We called the idea FairShare and it describes a way to reward artists without coercion, without copyright, all while appealing to the self-interest of those from whom it extracts money.

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