While today, we think of copyright law as a way to protect the property of creators, English copyright law was actually based on systems designed to enable censorship and allow the government to control print works. This cartoon takes you through a quick history of printing and copyright.

This is the third episode of the web series Copy-Me, which explains intellectual property concepts through animated videos. You can check out the sources for this episode and more information at the Copy-Me website.

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[via Boing Boing]