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Copyright’s Environment

J.B. Ruhl, at Jurisdynamics:

One reason for my interest in complex systems is my field of interest for teaching and research: environmental law with a focus on ecosystem management governance, ecosystem services, and the specific resource issues of endangered species and wetlands. The challenge here is to use one complex system (law) to manage how another complex system (the economy) treats another complex system (the environment). Good luck to us!

Ruhl wonders about 21st century environmentalist politics:

[W]hat is the general take on the question of how environmentalism and democratic values are playing out in the U.S in the opening decade of the 21st century?

Comes now Michael Geist, surveying contemporary parallels between environmental politics in Canada and copyright politics in Canada and elsewhere around the world:

The emergence of the environment as a mainstream political issue is worth noting because today there is another issue that shows similar signs of moving from the periphery to the mainstream – copyright.

Michael clearly and quite deliberately does not include the U.S. in his review of countries where nascent consumer movements in the copyright context have found a footing. So his piece invites asking a version of J.B. Ruhl’s question:

What is the general take on the question of how democratic values and consumer interests in copyright and are playing out in the U.S in the opening decade of the 21st century?