Copyright – what’s it really for? http://bit.ly/dAKuzl
The primary purpose of copyright is not, as many people believe, to protect authors against those who would steal the fruits of their labor. However, this misconception, repeated so often that it has become accepted among the public as true, poses serious dangers to the core purpose that copyright law is designed to serve.
If you think you know copyright and what it’s for, you’re probably wrong.