Again – not strictly a post about photography, but if you have been following my recent posts concerning the emerging digital landscape and its ramifications for creative and artistic expression, you will know it’s a subject I feel very passionate about. The trailer above is for a documentary about Google’s ambitious plan to scan and document every book, ever written – and ignore copyright in the process. This has implications for all intellectual property: including photography. Who owns the future? Will I be prosecuted by Google for copyright infringement by using the word “future©” in a sentence? Who owns what and why? We are on the cusp of a new digital civilisation where intellectual copyright means jack shit. Monsanto and Big Pharma are busily patenting the very stuff of life itself (DNA) and artists are being informed they do not own their own thoughts or creations – it’s all just derivative thinking from past masters. Time to reassess our priorities methinks; if it’s not already too late.