copyright registration

A 7-post collection

How to Fix the Copyright System

In many of my posts this year I have been calling for a radical overhaul of the copyright system for the digitally connected economies of the 21st century. The complexity of this challenge is daunting. But despite that the task is daunting it is important to describe some practical ideas to fix the problem. Those who create new things, whether that is music or memes or stories or services and establish trust should be rewarded by the society. To do this we need to give our innovators and inventors the power to control their innovations and inventions, to set their price and the conditions that apply to their creations. Modern technology gives us almost unlimited choices in how we might...

The Paradox that is Copyright

The advertising model for revenue generation on the Internet is effective when a 3rd party is prepared to pay for advertising to gain access to sell their product to your audience but it is inefficient and ineffective in many areas particularly when the value of that access is low or when such access distracts your audience from the use of the product that assembled the audience in the first place. This model worked well for media and brilliantly for Google. There are also excellent variations. Construction Data Management applied this model to the construction industry by collecting building plans from architects without cost in exchange for providing the architects with costing data by region and CDM in turn built a...

A Knowledge Economy Needs a Digital Currency

Whilst we have been ripping off music and cheering as software and news became free, the work we were doing every day increasingly relies upon respect for and valuing of intellectual property. But as free software, music and news have undermined the value of intellectual property we have undermined the very basis for our emerging knowledge economy. When the advertising revenue streams for our major newspapers are taken by Google because they can freely place their ads alongside any newspaper content then who will be paying the salary of the investigative journalist working on the next Watergate break in? It is not the sensational story that is important it is the constant enquiry into the power and politics of every...

Our Copyright Laws are a Mess

Over the last several weeks I have addressed the importance of trust, payments systems and security and I must once again return to address the most fundamental challenge of the digital world – copyright. How often have you heard “Copyright is dead, it’s an outmoded concept destroyed by students all over the world who refuse to pay for any digital content, especially music.” The conclusion to this discussion usually goes “like drug laws copyright laws just turn students into criminals, and won’t stop downloading so they are irrelevant and should be abolished.” This expresses a widely held view but this attacks the fundamental and essential core of any successful knowledge economy. In the US in the 20s there was...

Social Media in the Emerging Digitised Economy

Every new communication technology breakthrough, from radio to television, to computers, caused experts to become overly excited about the potential to revolutionise education, entertainment or business.  Visions of replacing expensive people with cheaper machines in these people-dominated economic segments, mostly, were dashed and the early excitement quickly dissipated. Cinema has not replaced theatre, computers have not replaced teachers and, whilst computers are everywhere in business, people still like doing business with people. Where technologies have brought people closer together, they have been embraced; and, where technologies have come between people, as in interactive voice response systems, they were much less successful. It is often felt that we are at a dawn of a new age, and that this moment has...

Copyright must address modern ways of working, learning and living

Last Friday’s decision of the full bench of the Federal Court must be appealed to the High Court and the High Court should over turn this poor decision. I established one of the first multimedia development companies in Australia in 1985 and since then I have had to address the many practical problems caused by copyright law in building innovative products using multimedia technologies. It is never good for the wider public good when monopolies use the law to protect their lucrative revenue streams which is what the AFL is trying to do in this case. The law was sensibly changed in 2006 to allow recording of free to air broadcast content for later viewing and as there is...

The Digital Economy: It's the Economy Stupid

Presentation to the Australian Computer Society Summary The Digital Economy is The Economy as everything we do is digitised and everything will soon be connected to everything else. Technology is vital to “Creating Better Ways of Working Learning and Living” but technology is not sufficient. The connected economy will not achieve its full potential without better ways of organising and managing people and things. Our Challenge Our challenge today is to realise that vision. In this election year we need to hear from our political leaders about how they will help us realise this vision for the connected economy. Such a vision requires more than technology it requires systems that build trust in data, applications and people, frictionless payment systems,...