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Dr. Richard Hill has published various papers regarding intellectual property issues related to information and communications technology, in particular "Remunerating Authors and Publishers in a Digital World", The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 1999), p. 39.
Following up on that work, Dr. Hill has submitted an entry to the Future of Copyright Contest 2.0. That entry is reproduced below.
This work takes part in the Future of Copyright Contest,
It is published here under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
Characteristics of an ideal future copyright system
A future copyright system should take into account the changes brought about by digital media:
fundamental purpose of a copyright system is to encourage authors to produce new
works by ensuring that they are paid by the people who enjoy their work or use
it for some commercial purpose.
issue of ensuring payment to authors can be decomposed into two separate
How to collect
the money from users of works.
b) How to distribute the money to creators of works.
current copyright systems works well for non-digital media, but not for digital
system should be put into place for digital media, while retaining the current
system for non digital media.
ideal future system for digital media, money would be collected through a tax on
blank media (where computers and other end-devices attached to networks are
considered to be blank media), and through specific charges for commercial use
of works. This is nothing more than
a generalization of the current compulsory licensing schemes that already exist,
and function well, in many countries.
ideal future system for digital media, money would be distributed to authors on
the basis of surveys that show how many people have accessed their work, and on
the basis of commercial use of their works.
Again, this is nothing more than a generalization of the current
compulsory licensing schemes that already exist, and function well, in many
addition to the above, authors can include advertising in their works and get
money directly from advertisers.
system described above would do away with all the annoying attempts to prevent
copying of digital works and with all the legal costs associated with attempts
to apply the current copyright system to digital works, which it was not
designed to cope with.