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Consumers vs. IP Owners: The Future of Copyright 415

conJunk writes "The BBC has a thoughtful article about new challenges in copyright. The problem: The rights to the audio recordings of the Beatles first album will expire in 2013. While consumers stand to benefit from competing releases of the materials, the copyright owners are of course terrified. And the artists? This one doesn't even seem to affect them."

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller