Rational discussion about copyright?

Sorry for the absence; real life and all that.

But rational discussion about copyright? It can happen.
Cory Doctorow, SF author and Boing Boing blogger has a piece about copyright on Locus Online, an SF/Fantasy magazine.
Author’s lawyer C. Petite has a response on his blog Scrivener’s Error.

Both Doctorow and Petite are excellent sources to read about different views on copyright. I’d like to have our students compare these views in the copyright module in the near future.

Of couse, as chosaq reports not all interested parties appeal to logic. Take a look at chosaq’s coverage of the push for longer copyright protection in Japan, and note the sad expression of someone who’s work is only protected for life+50.