Against the Permission Culture

Asking permission [of a rights holder] zealously and unnecessarily also catches you up in a mentality of acquiescence. Acquiescence is a wasting disease rooted in anxiety and ignorance, and it helps propel the all-consuming permissions culture . . . in the quotidian world of intellectual property, acquiescence operates far beneath the beacon eye of statute or treaty, and capitalizing on it is not good for anyone’s health. It wastes time, it wastes money, and it produces a compliant society vulnerable to abuse and wholesale ideological shifts in the law. (10-11)

From Susan Bielstein’s Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property quoted at

http://www.ischools.org/oc/conference08/pc/PA2-3_iconf08.doc

See a preview of Bielstein’s book:

http://books.google.com/books?id=6y-QVFerLTMC


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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