Tag Archives: creative commons

The fourth horseman of the IP Apocalyps: Peer-to-Peer, the Crowd and social media

1. What is Peer-to-Peer? In its origin, the expression “peer-to-peer” refers to a computer network, where a distributed computer application architecture partitions tasks or workloads between peers. However, the concept has since moved to social and economic spheres, where it covers issues such as distributed networks, based on the equipotency of its participants – the Read more …

The second horseman of the IP Apocalyps: 3D Printing (& the demise of copyright and design rights)

1. What is 3D-Printing? A 3D-printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding very tiny layers of material on top of each other. It “prints” in three dimensions, using a process called “additive manufacturing”. The cheapest 3D-printers are now available for less than €500, and they can print objects such as coathangers, teacups, decorative Read more …

Does Apple need Creative Commons to survive?

The launch of the mini iPad seems to make Apple a follower, instead of a leader. Apple’s use of Intellectual Property is probably a prime cause of the Apple slowdown. But a novel approach to IP – access to the Creative Commons – could help Apple to turn around and be innovative again.   Apple Read more …

Copyright in the digital age: the UK’s “Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study” analyzed.

In earlier blogs, I have analyzed why the current copyright system is not fit for the digital age. I have also provided some elements of a solution; one key element I see for any survival of the copyright system is to impose a system of registration, together with breaking down the power to withhold legal Read more …

Open Source hardware – does it work?

Open Source hardware is the next step in the development of “open” licenses; A review of the most important OS hardware licenses show them to be a combination of known techniques, like creative commons, and “covenant not to sue” for patents or design rights; Their validity and enforceability seem somewhat weaker than the software Open Read more …

Characteristics of a new copyright system.

In the two previous posts, I explored the problems with the current copyright system, by examining the wrong (19th century) assumptions on which the current system is based, and I made an attempt at trying to describe the requirements of a new copyright system. In this third post, as well as the next one, I Read more …

Requirements of a new copyright system.

As I explained in my previous post, the current copyright system is highly  dysfunctional. It doesn’t even come close to achieving its twin goals of promoting and protecting creativity. The main reason is that its underlying principles reflect a 19th century reality, rather than a 21st century one. In this post, I will take a Read more …