Archive | intellectual property

Keeping Up on Larry and the Supremes

Today is the day that Larry Lessig, Eric Eldred and co. make arguments in front the Supreme Court in favor of hacking back the most recent extention of copyright law that keeps the very first appearance of Mickey Mouse (amongst millions of works) out of the public domain. At stake is the future of our […]

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Fuck the Entertainment Cartel, for They Are Evil

To whit: “Hoping to end the online trading frenzy that has plagued the music business, the movie industry is hunting down digital film swappers and getting their Internet service cut off.” — You know, just where do all those movies that are still in theaters and traded on file-sharing networks come from? A good part […]

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Will You Be a Consumer or Creator?

Virtual communitarian Howard Rheingold pens an essay on the ‘Smart Mobs’ — the ad hoc networks of individuals using technology to coordinate their actions, be it by cell phone, text messaging, Internet. He correctly identifies the source of ongoing technology struggles and the conflict between people’s desire to use technology to create and build and […]

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Copyright, Fair Use, Free Speech

SiliconValley.com asks “Whatever happened to fair use?” and provides a nice overview of the issues at play between the record industry, which wants to control exactly when and how you listen to their product, and the listener, who just wants to pay $15 and be left alone to listen, rip and burn that CD however […]

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