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> Copyright is first and foremost an attribution

are you sure about this?

It seems to me copyright as it is in common law countries is first and foremost about _controlling distribution_. It's literally the right to make copies.

AFAIU, there is a difference from common law countries, for example.

E.g. in Italy an author cannot ever lose the status of author of a work, even if the the distribution rights are owned by someone else.

Copyright as a legal concept is fairly old and the perception on it changed a lot within the history. For instance SACEM [0] was established 170 years ago in France. The general idea was to allow creators and rights holders to control their distribution but recent changes, in US MMA [1] and in EU the Copyright Directive [2] are now moving from focusing on distribution to getting creators paid.

If we look far enough in the future, copyright will mean something very different that what it means today. But I'm biased, considering that I built company in this space.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Société_des_auteurs,_composite...

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Modernization_Act

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directive_on_Copyright_in_the_...

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