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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...

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...

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,...

If Everything is Free Who's Able to Pay for Lunch?

“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” opined the Professor. He continued his argument saying “like drug laws copyright laws just turn students into criminals, young people just don’t respect copyright and download all their music for free and copyright laws won’t stop downloading so they are irrelevant and should be abolished .” He went on to argue that song writers need to give their music away to promote their concerts where they can earn a living. With a son who graduated in music from Latrobe University and who has been trying to make a living from music for more than...