That’s the setup for Reid’s new book, Year Zero — a kind of farcical, Douglas Adams-style re-imagining of The Day The Earth Stood Still, with humanity’s fast-expanding arsenal of labyrinthine copyright laws standing in for Cold War era A-bombs. The Verge spoke with Reid about extraterrestrial copyright violations, our broken system, and the future of the streaming subscription model. You can find him on Twitter at @rob_reid.
Do you see copyright law and patent litigation as one of the make-or-break issues of our time?
Well, it’s certainly a lesser issue than those of war and terrorism, and the grimmer scenarios on the global warming front. But it is a manifestation of a major structural problem facing our society — specifically, its suffocating excess of laws, lawyers, litigation and special-interest-driven regulation. The Law should ideally be as…read on.”