Promoting Science and Useful Arts: The Growth of Copyright Since 1976
by OMKAR MURALIDHARAN
The Stanford Review, publication date: 26 May 2006
"In this article, I have shown that copyright law has expanded greatly since 1976, with a peak in 1998, and that this expansion creates serious free speech problems. I argued that this expansion was driven not by a desire to maximize economic and creative output, but by technological progress and changing social perceptions of copyright.
As I end, however, I want to look at this issue from a broader perspective. The idea of culture is more fundamental than questions of copyright, and perhaps more fundamental than free speech, since free speech is a means toward building a type of culture. Yet the growth of copyright law threatens our very conception of culture as a common enterprise, a shared pool of experience that each of us shapes and is shaped by."