The History Of Copyright And The Wunderkind Of The Free Culture Movement

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In a new book, The Idealist, writer Justin Peters places {Aaron} Swartz within the fraught, often colorful, history of copyright in America. Brooke {Gladstone} talks with Peters about Swartz's legacy and the long line of "data moralists" who came before him.


Via the always dependable On The Media, this is a fascinating report on copyright law and the contemporary influence of the sadly departed Aaron Swartz, alongside some enlightening historical context. We're also treated to this quote from the dawn of copyright legislation: "My neighbor might love the light but that gives him no right to steal my candles." Have a listen: