PKThinks Tackles Copyright Issues in a Digital Age
5. Tweaking the Law Would Give Us More Rights to What We Own Simple changes in the language of the law would make it possible to do things like rip your DVD to your computer for easier viewing. "Just as the essential step rule currently only allows those reproductions that are necessary to use [a software] program, the changes would allow only those copies that [are] necessary to use the media," Siy wrote.Siy clarified that "use," in the law, could be replaced with something like "the ability to read a book or view a movie or listen to music." 6. Born-Digital Copies Can Have New Life The problem of distributing born-digital copies could be resolved in at least two ways, wrote Siy. One is that a limited form of reproduction is allowed—I'm allowed the brief moment of reproducing my MP3 in the process of selling it to you, and in the quick moment before destroying the version on my end. A second solution could be not transferring a copy but one's rights to the work. To transfer a DVD to someone, a user would give up "her possessory interest in the DVD." Ditto for the licensee of a copy of a game. 7. Adjusting to Changing Technology Isn't as Hard as It Sounds Property ownership is an old idea. Copyright is newer, said Siy, and it "can be made flexible enough to allow the new normal of digital ownership and usage of copies, while reserving for copyright holders a right for actions that multiply market-relevant instances of their works."