An Animated Short Examining the Surprising Roots of Early Copyright Law

Copying-themed web series Copy-me (see previously) takes on the surprising early history of copyright law. The episode travels back to the birth of the printing press, which made published work far more accessible for the masses, but became a potential source of pushback for the church and state.

The laws we take for granted today weren’t actually created with the payment or protection of the authors in mind, nor did they intend to encourage the creation of new works. Copyright was primarily designed for censorship, control and strict regulation.

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