Posts Tagged ‘ip’

Lessig On TED

The post Copyright Extremism Begets Extremist on Tim Berry’s blog, Planning, Startups, Stories, pointed my browser towards a TED presentation by Stanford Professor Lawrence Lessig. Lessig, very eloquently, uses a series of historical stories to support his argument that existing copyright law is impeding creative expression in a digital world. Lessig did a good job of presenting the problem, a potential solution (CC), and hope that things will change in the future if history has anything to say about it (BMI).
Copyright law, like patent law, needs to be reformed. It’s broken and it’s stifling the creators. Given the importance of IP to our economy; you’d think this would be a higher legislative priority. Unfortunately, I think the legislative branch isn’t equipped to keep up with the speed of the information economy. Reform will start at the source (the creators) and work it’s way up through the system. Will? Has.

PeerMind & I.P. Theft


In a recent post, TechCrunch brought PeerMind to my attetion – also on GigaOM. "PeerMind registers millions of file-sharing events every week, and you can see the aggregated results on this site." My 1st reaction to the results – wow, a lot of people are stealing intellectual property. I’m a software guy so I looked at the "Software" results 1st. 412,000 copies of Adobe’s Photoshop were available on peer-to-peer file sharing networks during the week. That’s about 200 million worth. People, I.P. is about all we have left over here in the States – respect it and protect it.

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