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Friday, 14 November 2003

INFORMATION SOCIETY OR INFORMATION OVERLOAD?

The New York Times reports on a study by the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems finding that humans stored 5 exabytes (equivalent to the storage capacity of 50 million computers, assuming they all had hard drive capacities of 100 gigabytes) of information on paper, film or optical media in 2002. The IPKat notes that much of this information will be eligible for protection by copyright. This is especially true since by looking at recorded information, the study is focusing on works that will satisfy the fixation requirement that triggers copyright protection. This goes to show that although there are billions of works that are strictly entitled to copyright protection, the system relies on: (a) authors not enforcing their rights to trivial works and (b) the fact that most works will never be copied.

Information on coping with information overload here and here
Deadwood issues here and here


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