I'm Not Just Published on Steemit

There is a book that was recently published.  On the Fringes of Literature and Digital Media Culture. It was just published on June 7 of this year and can be found on Google Books.

Oh, and I am mentioned on two of the two hundred and seventy pages. Yes, one of those mentions is a footnote but it still counts. I am mentioned in the book because of another book I was in published back in 2013.

Back in 2013 there was a "Future of Copyright 2.0" contest run by The Modern Poland Foundation. The objective of the contest was to describe what the future of copyright law should look like. I submitted an entry under my pseudonym Holovision. I didn't win first prize in the contest but my submission was published with other contest submissions in an anthology. I also like to think that we all had fun participating in the contest and dreaming about the future.

My submission along with all the other submissions are under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license so it's available for anybody to use. My submission "500 Years of Copyright Law" is on pages 49-58 0f the ebook PDF download:

O.K. Now a little about my submission.

The title "500 Years of Copyright Law" refers to the narrative taking place in the year 2210 and looking across 500 years of copyright history all the way back to The Statute of Anne which established modern copyright law. I broke the history down into three eras as follows:

Cognitive Era (1710-circa 2020) 

Existential Era (circa 2020–2097) 

Metalegal Era (2097–present)

The "Cognitive Era" is the history of copyright law we know. It has hard rules and gives copyright owners a limited monopoly for their works. Copyright protection terms keep getting extended because new technologies allow rights holders to repackage their intellectual property in new formats. However, around the year 2020 advances in technology begin to break down the traditional concepts behind copyright law and starts to make the concept fuzzy.

For this narrative I wanted to move toward a copyright system that would fit with a Type I society on the Kardashev scale. I also wanted to answer what I consider to be an important question: Who owns the first detected signals and/or information from an alien species? If someone puts private money toward finding inteligent life then maybe what they find is their exclusive property.

Probably not the best way but a shortcut to a worldwide, truly unified copyright system I used was introducing a character named A. Dennis Leeman who ran one of the largest scientific hoaxes in history between September 2, 2088-April 5, 2089. If you want more details you'll have to read my story. I didn't kill off the character but I left it ambiguous enough so the character can always be brought back later.

I chose the character name A. Dennis Leeman based on a well known, in my opinion, con artist in the "free energy" culture named Dennis Lee. I think an abundant, cheap energy source discovery would be just as big as discovering alien intelligence so A. Dennis Leeman is simply "a Dennis Lee man".

Anyway, that's one of my small claims to fame.