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The Wealth of Ideas – Chapter 6: The Argument of the Heart

“Illegal” copying carries serious jail sentences, and IPR defenders use moral arguments, calling people who copy “thieves” or worse. Is that justified? Or is the criminalization of copying itself an immoral practice? This chapter identifies the real Free Riders in today’s society. (And it contains the only mention of sex in this book).
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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 …

Will Big Data kill Intellectual Property Rights?

With the explosion of data, IPRs are under threat. IPRs aim to create artificial scarcity, but the growth of data under IPR protection is vastly inferior to the growth of non-protected (“open”) data. Because of their characteristics, IPRs are not able to tackle the growth of Big Data, and will therefore probably drown in a Read more …

Hollywood vs Silicon Valley – who will win?

The conflict between Hollywood and Silicon Valley is, at a deeper level, one between Content and Function, which I think Function will win. But there’s more: Content is also struggling, because there is simply too much of it. The combination of a data flood of biblical proportions with exploding possibility of function, will drown any Read more …

The SOPA discussion in a larger context

Technology is breaking down the distinction between Content and Function. This has a profound effect on Business Models based on IP rights. The SOPA discussion is a good example of the fight between Function and Content – which IP right will win?    What is Content, what is Function? Content is the stuff you access Read more …

Role of IPRs in Open Innovation – the case against copyright

I gave a presentation at the British Library on 29th November 2011 (#OIBL) – here is a written down version of that presentation. The key point I made was that Open Innovation benefits greatly from properly functioning Intellectual Property Rights. My particular focus was on copyright, which I believe is broken up to the point Read more …

New technology and Belgium

Is the Belgian legal system light-years away from understanding or using basic contemporary technology, and therefore uniquely disqualified to rule on any IP issues around such technology? The Court of Appeal of Antwerp, Belgium’s second city, ruled on a request to block access to the Pirate Bay website on 26th September 2011. Many people have Read more …

So who decided to privatize IPRs?

Facebook was already problematic, as I’ve written before. When you post your IPR on Facebook (your logo, trademark, music, etc.), Facebook has effectively an unlimited right to do with your IPR whatever they want. For free. But there is more: Facebook has asked trademark owners to register their trademark with Facebook. What does that mean? Read more …