intellectual property

A 6-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...

Stop Being a Bully Mr Demetriou

Sorry Mr Demetriou there is no such thing as a simple change to copyright laws our copyright law is broken and needs to be fixed properly to reward creation and innovation in a digital world where billions of people are connected to trillions of devices. Cries to protect consumer interests are not a furphy as Demetriou thundered last week. Like most bullies he attacks his opponents personally, not the substance of the debate by saying “This is a nonsense that Optus are peddling, that says that this is a win for the consumer is complete garbage.” At the core of copyright and intellectual property law is that our society is granting the creator or inventor a monopoly for a limited...

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...