Copyright of the Future…

In the future, maybe even less than fifty years from now, copyright will no longer exist. That’s not to say everyone will be allowed to copy things willy-nilly, they won’t. No one will be allowed to copy anything. Period.

With the Earth’s population approaching 10 billion people in the year 2060, drastic measures will be undertaken to curb this rampant population growth.

The death penalty factors in a big way.

If anyone is caught copying someone else’s work, either on purpose or on accident, they will be executed. It doesn’t matter how old the person is or the reason for the infraction.

This will seriously hamper any creative people from wanting to create a new book, film, painting, song, or anything else. That means no more parodies, pastiches, or satire either. No new anything will be created.

The only thing that is allowed to be made is covers of old songs, provided they do not veer away from the original song and pay any royalties to the original writers of the song. But, even then, you’re not safe. If it’s revealed that a series of notes from one song are deemed to be too close to those of another song, then the execution hammer is wielded against those who sought to hide the infraction.

The world will become a creative wasteland.

This work is published under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

This work takes part in the Future of Copyright Contest


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