Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thoughts on copyright

  • Loaded words: piracy, stealing, vs copyright infringement.
  • Physical vs intellectual property: I don't lose something (other
    than potential revenue) when someone copies my work.
  • By definition of the law copyright infringement is as much theft
    as stealing Cable TV.
  • Artist as a beacon of light vs artist as a mirror reflecting society.
  • Why not to steal: right and wrong defined by law, or defined by
    some other ethics. Break the law if the ends justified it?
  • Ignore motivation for infringement: easier, priced too high,
    monopolies prevent fair competition, etc.
  • Copyright as motivation (limited monopoly) vs artist has
    intrinsic "rights" to their work.
  • No intrinsic value: "value" of intellectual works determined by
    consumers. Does this lead to long tails (few win everything)?
  • Perpetual copyright: 1790 - 14 years, 1831 - 28 years, 1909 - 28
    years (28 year renewal), 1976 - 75 or life plus 50, 1992 - no need
    for renewal, 1998 - 95/120 years or life plus 70, DMCA, SOPA.
  • Can't sing birthday song in restaurants.
  • If intrinsic right to property does exist, why let copyright
    expire, ever?
  • Flip: creative works property of "the people" who postpone their
    right to the work to encourage additional creation.


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