Chapter 33

Afterword: A Closing Thought


We crossed a divide, from an era of media that directed content at the public into the era of interactive communication in which the public participation in the reshaping of content, from broadcasting to interactive digital communication. In an age marked by new means of transmitting data and information, the definition of legal rights to content will be tested as never before. Content will be exploited without consent in ways that traditionalists will abhor and new school creators applaud. An effort to bring order and reason to the new medium is being met with a countervailing cry: Copyright is dead. Internet guru Esther Dyson surmised that content cannot be protected, so there is really no reason to ...

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