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Imagine a charter nation (like Paul Romer's and Octavio Sanchez' failed charter city experiment in Honduras) with no copyright laws.

There is now incontrovertible evidence that all life on Earth arose through rampant, unrestricted molecular copying with slight random variations from time to time over billions of years. This amazing process occurred spontaneously, and led to, among many other wonderful innovations, the human brain.

The key innovation allowing the seemingly-miraculous results of this amazing process was the near-perfection of the molecular copying process invented spontaneously by nature, with no intelligent designers.

Unrestricted copying gave rise to all life on Earth from (essentially) nothing.

Any kind of natural or artificial copy protection mechanism influencing this process would almost certainly have led to much less diversity and much less complexity in the biosphere. Homo sapiens, for example, would almost certainly never have evolved if copy protection were a factor in the evolution of life on Earth.

Before several hundred years ago and throughout the world, existing legal systems allowed free copying of any and all information to all who could use it. Copying was so difficult then that there was no advantage for anyone in restricting copying.

Today nearly all recently-created information is legally monopolized by the creators (or purchasers) of this information through national copyright legislation and international treaties. More than 99% of modern human culture today is literally owned by much less than 1% of humanity. From the traditional song, "Happy Birthday To You," (©1935 Warner/Chappell), to nearly all broadcast music and video since the advent of mass communication technology, to several human genes, most modern information used by most humans is owned by someone else, and copying that information is very strictly controlled by its owners.

Given what non-intelligent nature created with no copy restrictions as context for today's copyright laws, I wonder what 7 billion intelligent creators could do in 10 or 100 years in a TOTALLY "copyright-free" zone.


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