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Copyright is in crisis. Photocopying, scanning, audio and video recording, computers and now the internet have all made it increasingly difficult for the owners of copyright to enforce their rights. There has been a renewed effort, such as the Digital Economy Bill, to restore the balance of power in favour of big business, but levies and legal penalties only serve to patch holes in an already leaky system. The flaw lies not in the technology, or in piracy or file-sharing, as corporations would have us believe, but in the very notion of copyright.