Death throes for copyright beckon
Post WW2 developments in access to computation, in power of computation, interconnection of computers, and the nowadays key role of digital representation of information, have unleashed qualitative changes to life of great magnitude which previously were the realm of speculation. Quantitative changes, e.g. ease and speed of communication across the globe for ordinary people, impact life considerably too, but these are easily comprehended enhancements to analogue broadcasting, telephony, and so forth.
Few people grasp just how significant the "paradigm shift" (Thomas Kuhn) is. Only people who have lived the entirety of post-WW2 times can take a broad view of conceptual and societal changes that are being wrought, and which depend upon modern information storage, processing, and transmission. Put differently, an explosion of technological developments produces concomitant enlargement of opportunities (for good and ill). Similar events have occurred throughout history, e.g. the Italian Renaissance, but at a much smaller scale.
Unlike times such as circa 1800 until WW1 - a period when the First Industrial Revolution (of machines and tangible products) was gathering pace, a time of intellectual ferment, an era of the polymath - present day imaginations among leaders of thought (e.g. academics) and leaders of societal governance (politicians nowadays as dumb as the masses they 'represent') are single track with narrowed horizons: they follow very few threads in the immensely complicated tapestry of modern life. They are incapable of standing back and making an attempt at perceiving the whole.
What eludes leaders of academia, industry, commerce, and governance, is appreciation of the qualitative-change aspect of post-WW2 'Western' life. By simply following threads one cannot grasp much other than quantitative gains in a particular area of thought and its applications.
The concept of 'intellectual property' (IP), and its anticipated fate during what may be termed The Second Industrial Revolution, that is return of much manufacturing to cottage basis (aided by 3D-printing of widgets, pharmaceuticals, etc.) offers a case study with parallels to other qualitative changes in progress or anticipated.
The biggest blow to the specious concept of IP arose from digital representation of information which made a clear distinction between 'medium' and 'message'. Unlike print on paper, images on celluloid, and wave patterns on vinyl disks, representation as digital sequences can easily be shifted from one medium to another, easily copied with complete accuracy, and cheaply transmitted to other locations. The edifice of property rights, these mirroring those applicable to physical property, when applied to ideas, their expression, and to derivation therefrom, has collapsed as intellectually sustainable, and, all bar the shouting, become unenforceable in law.
The 'single thread followers' are approaching a rude awakening. They have not considered that idea production can be incentivised by means other than a ramshackle structure of anomalous and restrictive law. However, it's far too late for the major, and monolithic, publishers, distributors, and the patent reliant, straddling the planet, to adopt a differing business model. They shall go the way of the Luddites. This collapse hastened by fortuitous diminution of the USA economic hegemony, coupled with global multi-polarity. ChatGPT, and its like, merely underlines the hopeless case for copyright rentiers.