Cultural Liberty: Questioning Copyright

So, what is copyright???s future?

Copyright is an unethical anachronism. It still works as a weapon with which to threaten or punish infringers (with or without evidence), but even with draconian enforcement, the monopoly has ended.

When privileged immortal corporations collide with a population naturally at liberty, the latter will prevail, however draconian their ???education??? by the former.

Nevertheless, without copyright, natural rights remain, e.g. an author???s exclusive right to their writings, truth in authorship, etc.

Moreover, the market for intellectual work can continue quite happily without a reproduction monopoly. Indeed, it will thrive.

But I had to laugh when I read this, “Copyright is a historical accident, a legislative error made in a less principled era.”

Does Crosbie believe there is a less principled era than the current one with respect to the grotesque cancerous enlargement of “rights” for the few?

Copyright isn’t working, says European Commission | ZDNet UK

People have come to see copyright as a tool of punishment, Europe’s technology chief has said in her strongest-yet attack on the current copyright system.

Digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes said on Saturday that the creative industries had to embrace rather than resist new technological ways of distributing artistic works. She added that the existing copyright system was not rewarding the vast majority of artists.

“Is the current copyright system the right and only tool to achieve our objectives? Not really,” Kroes said in a speech to the Forum D’Avignon thinktank. “Citizens increasingly hear the word copyright and hate what is behind it.”

>>> The headline isn’t news (and is wrong to the extent that IP rights holders, that specially vulnerable group is making money in a recession, just not as much as their greed might require) but it seems to be breaking into the higher echelons of some jurisdictions.

Sad comments from the Register of Copyrights to the effect that without SOPA copyright cannot work. Well if SOPA is the price, who wants it to work?

Are you receiving a substandard ULL ADSL2+ connection from your ISP?

The simplest way to establish the quality of your DSL connection is to look at the Telecom Wholesale website – www.telecomwholesale.co.nz/maps and enter your address. You will instantly see whether you’re served from an exchange or cabinet, and whether your home is covered by ADSL+ and/or VDSL2 services.

Good background on xDSL, and the map is a stunner.

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls

In the past, non-practicing entities (NPEs) ??? firms that license patents without producing goods ??? have facilitated technology markets and increased rents for small inventors. Is this also true for today???s NPEs? Or are they ???patent trolls??? who opportunistically litigate over software patents with unpredictable boundaries? Using stock market event studies around patent lawsuit filings, we find that NPE lawsuits are associated with half a trillion dollars of lost wealth to defendants from 1990 through 2010, mostly from technology companies. Moreover, very little of this loss represents a transfer to small inventors. Instead, it implies reduced innovation incentives.

via bu.edu

Yet another exclusive legislative right gamed and abused by greed.

Arris: Cable’s Cost Per Bit Plummeting – Costs Decreasing Inversely to Traffic Growth

Speaking at an Industry Partnership panel this week, Arris Chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione stated that the cable industry’s cost to deliver each bit is plummeting very quickly with the rise of DOCSIS 3.0. According to Stanzione, costs are decreasing at a rate that is roughly inversely proportional to traffic increases — meaning that if downstream traffic consumption is jumping upward at a rate of 50%, the cost to deliver that traffic is headed downward at approximately the same rate. That runs in stark contrast to ISPs looking to bill by the byte, some of whom have tried to unsuccessfully argue that flat rate pricing simply isn’t a sustainable business model in the face of growing traffic.

Oh, dear, no scarcity, no margin. Perhaps they’ll have to resurrect “bandwidth hogs” to justify charging extra.