I have to admit, Bound by Law really did it for me! There have been instances where I was dissatisfied with Wikinomics because it wasn’t balanced enough in its arguments for my taste. Enter Bound by Law! I really enjoyed this book and respected its arguments.
The description of the current copyright laws was very informative (Bound by Law? p10-11). I had no idea that current copyrights could last for so long! Seventy to ninety-five years after the death of the author seems excessive. This was a real eye-opener.
One of the key issues that the book addressed was the lawsuit problem. It is so disappointing, if not surprising, that copyright holders use intimidation to block creators from using their copyrighted item, even when it would be a fair use (Bound by Law? p24).
Certainly an incidental recording of a cell phone ring isn’t worth $10,000! And perhaps, wouldn’t the presence of the ring actually benefit the copyright holder – I’m sure they are receiving payment from the cell phone maker – and when people hear the ring, they may want it. Hey, free advertising!