Is a world without copyright’s “first sale” doctrine—in which you wouldn’t necessarily own your books outright, but instead might only be licensing them—really be so bad?
A legal rathole looking at the Copyright Act’s requirement that all works published in the U.S. be deposited by the publisher in the Library of Congress—whether the publisher is seeking copyright or not. Is this a takings? A tax on speech? It’s unclear, but it’s surely a sign of how screwed up copyright law is.