Blog post about why copyright keeps expanding

William Patry has a great blog post (Via about why every change to copyright grants more rights to rightsholders. It gives some good detail on some of the spin used by the intermediaries in copyright discussion.

I particular like this bit :

It is and has long been an open secret that the paeans to authors paid by those who buy rights are phony; this has been the case since 1709, when book publishers, rebuffed in their efforts to extend monopolistic licensing laws benefiting solely themselves, put authors out in front as lobbying puppets.

Yes, the intermediaries have been claiming that what they want is really for creators' benefit for nearly 200 years now !