In 1988, Richard Stallman created his own copyright licences to try and get around what he saw as the problem of “software hoarding”, where companies would take public domain content, modify it, then refuse to release the ensuing work into the public domain. He created the Emacs General Public Licence, the first copyleft licence, which eventually evolved into the GNU General Public Licence, better known as the GPL.
The GPL, which has become one of the most popular free software licences, explicitly made clear that the maximum number of rights had to be transferred to the program’s users, despite subsequent revisions to the code. It also laid out the rights that the user had — the freedom to use a work, the freedom to study it, the freedom to copy it and share with others, and the freedom to modify it and distribute derivative works. These four tenets became common in copyleft licences.” —Some rights reserved: the alternatives to copyright (Wired UK)
Schmidt spoke of the emergence of two rival systems which are being brought together by the Internet: offline institutions — such as government, politics and law — and cyberspace.
They are getting into conflict in some governments and places, as technology is empowering people in ways they have never been empowered before. You can think of this as a community of citizens and a community of governments.
As technology develops and time passes, Schmidt believes that “a new equilibrium will emerge” to serve both communities in different ways. Cyberspace, he says, will ultimately serve to keep governments more honest in many ways, while equally government will have influence on the negative things that happen in cyberspace” —Eric Schmidt: Technology Can Change the World
The new Dropbox photo upload feature — which is currently available in the latest Experimental Forum Build of the desktop app — works in a similar manner.
Once enabled, plugging in a camera or memory card will give you the option of automatically importing the photographs and movies and then uploading that content directly to Dropbox” —Dropbox Tests Automatic Camera Uploads