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A 3-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...

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,...