A Historical Perspective

Ancient Times through the Middle Ages
After the Invention of the Press
My Analysis of This

This section aims to give a historical perspective to why copyrighted work ought to be freely and non-commercially re-distributable.

Ancient Times through the Middle Ages

During ancient times (before the invention of paper, and the press), texts were written on stone or on animals' hides and required a lot of effort to duplicate. As such, the authors encouraged people to copy, quote, and re-use their text (while maintaining proper attribution.)