Digital Barbarism

Interesting review from the WSJ about “Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s Manifesto,” a new book about copyright by Mark Helprin in which he “laments what he calls the ‘Legos’ approach to creativity — taking existing works, mixing them together and editing the result to form a ‘new’ work.”

“There may be a few extremists out there who resent the whole idea of copyright for its attempt to fence off intellectual property. Mr. Helprin deftly shoots down the arguments they might make, which are often, he says, ‘sufficiently careless and spurious to be a Disneyland of self-impeachment.'”

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