Neil Jacobsohn US abandons copyright

The key issue not dealt with - nor to my knowledge does CopyLeft adequately address is - is the matter of compensation. How do authors, musicians, poets, etc, make an honest buck if no-one along the chain is paying anything? And what incentive then is there to creative people to produce creativity? There has to be some form of economic model that rewards people for their work.
Posted: 26 March 2006 at 00:00

Frank Winter RE: US abandons copyright

We need to look at the economic implications at a national and global level too. Science and technology function best when new ideas can circulate freely and find the widest audience. Businesses and governments face constant pressures towards secrecy. As individuals we must be more concerned about openeness. This will help us all make the pie bigger rather than aruing about the size of the slices.
Posted: 2 April 2006 at 06:54

Wolfgang Grulke RE: US abandons copyright

In reality this is being addressed every day. Artists like Bowie and the Stones have learnt the big money spinners are the tours and not the CDs. They are happy to flood the market with their music in order to attract more concert goers.

Unknown artists too know how difficult it is to break into the market. The internet and Copyleft gives them a 'free' and easily accessible route to listeners not available before. They too will make money out of personal appearances and tours.
Posted: 27 March 2006 at 00:00

Willem Moller RE: RE: US abandons copyright

Wolfgang's comments about musicians making money out of touring rather than CD sales sounds feasible and it's no doubt where things are heading already, but he doesn't address the other part of Neil Jacobsohn's question - how will authors such as novelists make a living, or have an incentive to write?
Posted: 30 March 2006 at 18:09

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: RE: US abandons copyright

Every aspiring writer knows (or should know) that the chances of getting published are extremely small. The gatekeepers are the agents and publishers who are driven primarily by finding the 'next big thing'. The book stores are also a gatekeeper - the new trend is to stock only the releases from the past six to twelve months and the top ten sellers. If you do happen to get published, the royalties are typically very small, say 5% of the wholesale price of the book.

So, the chances of an aspiring author 'making a living' in today's model are tiny. The challenge of the Copyleft model is to imagine what new business models will improve authors' prospects in the future. This doesn't sound too difficult to me and is limited only by our imagination. Even a very small change in authors' prospects will revolutionise their opportunities. Entrepreneurs I'm sure are already working on it.
Posted: 2 April 2006 at 06:42

Anton Musgrave Creativity

Neil's concern is valid but won't stop the trend! It will place a premium on the ability to be sustainably creative...a bit like our definition of an entrepeneur - one who CONSTANTLY innovates. So too, creativists will need to create constantly. See also the new wave of newspapers with community authors etc.
Posted: 27 March 2006 at 00:00

Neil Jacobsohn US abandons copyright

Nonetheless, I think this is a meaningful and likely scenario. The world is simply moving this way, and it is an unstoppable trend. Perhaps the first thing to end will be the obscene amounts of money that film stars and pop musicians currently make.
Posted: 26 March 2006 at 00:00

Frank Winter All happening already...

I see this 'openness' happening all around us already:

- Apart from IBM investing in Linux they have also waived royalties permanently on 500 of its software patents "providing an endowment of IP to the fertile community of open source programmers".

- MyPublicInfo Inc has launched a public service that allows you to view complete public records attached to your identity, personally-authenticated access for a really affordable fee. Although US-only this is broader than credit-only and includes legal, government and education records.

- The US Personal Data Privacy and Seurity Act of 2005, scheduled for consideration in 2006, will require data brokers to allow individuals to see, and correct, data has been stored on them.
Posted: 2 April 2006 at 06:11

Doug Vining The Word in Hollywood, "Download"

Fearful of the same digital piracy that humbled the music industry, two online vendors are poised to start offering recently released flicks via the Web.

Posted: 4 April 2006 at 09:35

Doug Vining But not Australia!

Dumb and dumber: copyright law change
Under the Australian Government's proposed new copyright laws it will no longer be technically illegal to tape TV shows or rip tracks from your CD onto your iPod. That's the good part - getting rid of something that almost everybody had honoured in the breach.
But it replaces that stupid law with another stupider one - one that can never be properly policed and one which will continue to put almost everyone in breach of the copyright laws.
Under these proposed new laws it will be illegal - for instance - to lend a video copy of a TV show you have made to your family or friends if you have already watched that copy.
Posted: 15 May 2006 at 17:54

Doug Vining British Record Industry Sues AllofMP3

A British record industry group has been given the go ahead to sue the popular Russian music download site, however it is unclear if any ruling could be enforced outside of Britain.
Posted: 4 July 2006 at 13:06

Wolfgang Grulke Google's next steps?

In order for Google to succeed commercially with the YouTube acquisition they will have to push for reforms in the copyright laws - and about time too!

See also the November 2006 MindBullet on Google and financial services.
Posted: 5 November 2006 at 15:03

Wolfgang Grulke YouTube flouts CopyRight laws

Just take a quick look at and you'll wonder whatever happened to CopyRight!!!
Posted: 5 November 2006 at 15:05

Wolfgang Grulke YouTube flouts CopyRight laws

Just take a quick look at and you'll wonder whatever happened to CopyRight!!!
Posted: 5 November 2006 at 15:06

Doug Vining Make Way for Copyright Chaos

Posted: 20 March 2007 at 22:14

Doug Vining RE: Make Way for Copyright Chaos

"For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately "roughed up" the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko's to upload clips from computers that couldn't be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as the president of Comedy Central and the head of MTV Networks felt "very strongly" that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube.

Viacom's efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself." - YouTube blog
Posted: 19 March 2010 at 06:52

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: Make Way for Copyright Chaos

This story is an excellent example of how important social media has become - and the lengths 'the establishment' (the currently threatened market leaders) will go to to deny it!
Posted: 19 March 2010 at 11:08

Anton Musgrave Copyright battles

Another small blow for copyright, another win for openness and choice. Old business models face increasing challenges. The question is 'how will they respond?'
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Copyright battles") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 27 March 2013 at 19:53

Anton Musgrave Tesla disrupts again

Tesla has challenged the giant car industry in many ways and Elon Musk again showed he is not afraid of thinking and acting radically! His attitude to openness and its impact on innovation is refreshing...some will no doubt say 'foolhardy'. Time will tell but the patent hoarders, including many in the mobile industry will take note and have many late night debates on this. As Don Tapscott says in his book 'Radical Openness' we had better all have our radical openness strategy ready for the future!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Tesla disrupts again") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 14 June 2014 at 15:41

Doug Vining Tesla disrupts again

I like this quote from Will Oremus in New Scientist:
"But Musk isn't naïve, and Tesla isn't a charity. Rather, he knows that Tesla's real battle isn't with other car manufacturers for leadership of today's niche market for electric cars. It's the much greater struggle between electric cars and their petrol-powered counterparts."
Posted: 16 June 2014 at 16:32

Anton Musgrave Tesla disrupts again

Another good link...Society 3.0...the sharing economy!

Posted: 16 June 2014 at 19:36
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