Copyright: locks, levies or lawsuits? Part1: locks

Copyright is merely a series of activities which someone can do with human creativity that requires permission of the copyright holder to do legally. If you do one of these things without permission, the copyright holder has the right to sue you. (Lawsuits)

Years ago traditional copyright added an exception to the general rule which suggested that you no longer needed permission, as long as you made a payment that was decided by a government body -- in our case, the Copyright Board of Canada. (Levies)

Recently some people have thought that digital locks would be a good substitute for copyright, whether permission or payment/levy based.

Which is best: locks, levies or lawsuits? The only good answer is: it depends.

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