the deal constructs a world in which control can be exercised at the level of a page, and maybe even a quote. it is a world in which every bit, every published word, could be licensed. it is the opposite of the old slogan about nuclear power: every bit gets metered, because metering is so cheap. we begin to sell access to knowledge the way we sell access to a movie theater, or a candy store, or a baseball stadium.

for the love of culture by lawrence lessig

via:  the new republic