The day I died

Copyright Caecity
Information is what connects us, as humans, to one another. The flow of this information has departed from a slow trickle to a torrent of force with rapid technological advancements that affect our means of communicating and sharing knowledge. This spike in human interaction has boundlessly expanded our reach of creative and cultural influences. Films are created every day, music is recorded, books are written, ideas are bustling throughout all forms of media, there are so many people doing so many things and itís all connected by uploads to an immense, sprawling web of people and information. To control such a flow would be as difficult as stopping a tsunami with a Ping-Pong paddle. However, there are laws in place to do just that; the troubling fact is that these laws are enforced within a framework enacted in 1886.
Often overlooked, these copyright laws linger behind nearly everything made today. It is the act of describing whom an idea belongs to, who can tamper with a certain idea and to what extent, or even how an individual experiences the product of ideas. Although the concept of copyright is to protect the creator of an original work, it has become strained and obsolete with regards to the Internet. Copyright law in the 21st century is increasingly concerned with criminalizing entire technologies, such as attacking a search engine solely because they provide links to copyrighted materials. Sometimes devious and subtle, other times clunky and awkward, these laws are implemented in such a way that an accusation without backing can result in the loss of an entire website, technology, company, artistís work, and so on. Recently these harmful uproots of content due to infringement have gotten much worse, to the point that companies have the right to remove criticism as long as it even loosely pertains to them. This old copyright system is overly destructive as it limits growth and creativity due to its inability to incorporate the current accessibility to information, and its inflexibility for the future.