@delve Definitely, copyright needs to fuck off.

I think the article is wrong to say “the consortium […] had copyrighted the language materials”; that isn't how it works.

Merely by recording the language text – a necessary part of preserving it – copyright's insidious assumption that everything must be owned, automatically grants that by default to the one who writes it down.

And that happens automatically, whether anyone asks for it or not.

@delve The article nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nativ explores this:

“A common trait of Native American cultures is to hold things like land, resources and knowledge communally. That runs into conflict with U.S. copyright laws […]”

I think the Consortium didn't choose this; the mere act of recording the text, in the current copyright regime, had this undesirable effect.

The Lakotan people are right to object. This is an outrage. But it is caused by the law's automatic assumption of ownership.


@delve There are other wrongdoings alleged by the Lakotans:

“Wilhelm Meya […] broke agreements over how to use recordings, language materials and historical records, or used them without permission.”

If so, yes that's on him and on the Consortium he leads. Those acts are wrong and would need redress.

The greater wrong – that the text can't be communally owned, without great effort and fragile unreliable result – is an indictment not of Meya, but of the entire copyright regime itself.

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