Today’s copyright hearing will be talking about consumer
expectations with media. But these expectations are more than just what we want
out of commercial media; they’re based upon how we own our personal property
and live our lives.
Today at 1:30, the House IP Subcommittee is holding a hearing on new ways of delivering media and how consumer expectations have changed in
the decades since the Copyright Act was last significantly amended.
One of the big differences is that we use things as
information and not objects. Instead of having a physical photo album that I
pull off a shelf and pass around to my bored friends, I move data in an image
format from my camera to my computer, and from my computer to cloud storage or
to my friends. Instead of carting a half-typed sheet of papers (or even a
floppy disk) from home to the office, I send a text file from one computer to
This is not, for anyone in the 21st century,
riveting stuff. It’s humdrum, everyday, boring. It’s just how we do things. If
my friend, a semi-pro photographer, sends me a picture he took, he doesn’t care
that I might get it on my phone, my home computer, my laptop, or that it might
display as part of a screensaver on my TV.