Okay, I wanted to wait for the one year anniversary of this blog to do this, but I think I need to do it now.
I am expanding the scope of the blog.
There are a lot of reasons for this. Truly, my recent first personal encounter with the ravages of the DMCA and our current American internet censorship system has brought things home in a non-abstract way. It is, indeed, personal now.
There is also the fact that, frankly, I've probably made most of the coherent, logical, rational, and even emotional arguments I can for the expansion of fair use in copyright to include all non commercial use. I intend to continue to make them, as I can't expect anyone to go back and read all my blog entries necessarily, and adding different angles is always useful, too. But I need to write about other things.
I am only a man. I am an intensely creative person, but I have limits. Leaving the subject of the blog tied solely and exclusively to supporting the expansion of fair use as the only decent solution for the future of humanity's internet thing is keeping me in a creative straightjacket. You may have noticed a lot of short posts lately. This is because of that.
But the thing is, the expansion of fair use, and the abuse of the copyright system, is part of a much larger set of problems, anyway. Problems humanity has always had:
Fools in power.
Blind obedience of the masses.
That kind of stuff. These are the direct causes of the mess we are in now with copyright, and everything else that is wrong with the world.
For example, in my opinion, there has never been a war that was not caused by one or all of these things.
So, I hope you don't mind. I'm going to expand the scope. I may even, I daresay, occasionally post something trivial.
But I am optimistic it will be more interesting for all involved!