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Why copyright laws must get even tougher

Jack Kapica discusses on his Globe and Mail BLOG some of the potentially economically fatal mistakes the United States is making, and whether Canadian politicians have or will join in.

See also: Key question about the shape of the knowledge economy

Key question about the shape of the knowledge economy.

Hidden in the policy discussions about Patents, Copyright, Trademarks (PCT) and other related exclusive rights is a key question about the shape of the emerging knowledge economy. It comes down to a metaphor for the roll of knowledge:

Is the relationship of knowledge in the knowledge economy like products in the industrial economy,

or

is knowledge in the knowledge economy like machines in the industrial economy?

Interview with Adrian Bowyer: 3D Printers

The CBC Radio/Podcast show Spark did an interview with Adrian Bowyer about 3D Printers. This is a discussion about a cool technology, but the major implications are actually economic and legal. As we create technologies capable of allowing private citizens to replace much of the historical Industrial-era supply chain, we will have a clash.

Copyright discussed in Parliament : Oct 23, 2007

You know that a bill is coming when the topic of Copyright is mentioned many times in the Hansard for a single day. This is in addition to the discussion of "Counterfeiting and Piracy" in Question Period.

Hon. Jim Prentice (Minister of Industry, CPC) - in the context of his Debate on Address in Reply of the Speech from the Throne):

Son of a Captain Copyright

More lunacy from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and Entertainment Software Association (ESA). According to a CNet article by Anne Broache, CRIA and ESA wants to push so-called "morality-based" Copyright "education" to kindergarten through fifth-grade. The reality is that Canadian copyright is currently so complex that most lawyers don't understand it, so I believe any alleged "education" that is attempted before the act is massively clarified and simplified is simply dishonest and "immorality-based". I hope that our Education Ministries and parents will not allow this type of mental abuse into the classroom.

Free data sharing is here to stay

Cory Doctorow's latest Guardian article says some things that us new-economy citizens have known for years, but that most politicians haven't yet caught up with.

The information economy is here - but governments and business are still obsessed with 'protecting' information, rather than making it more productive.
...
Just as the industrial economy wasn't based on making it harder to get access to machines, the information economy won't be based on making it harder to get access to information. Indeed, the opposite seems to be true: the more IT we have, the easier it is to access any given piece of information — for better or for worse.

Want to meet four men who dared to fight MS -- and won?

Greoklaw has an interview (audio and transcript) of Georg Greve of FSFE, Jeremy Allison and Volker Lendecke of Samba, and Carlo Piana, their lawyer of record in the European case against Microsoft.

Sometimes folks try to characterize, or mischaracterize, the FOSS community. If you want to know what that community is like, it's like this, this interview, these four men who dared to try the impossible, with weapons of intellect and skill and integrity rather than money, men who couldn't be bought, who never gave up, and who happily lived to tell us the story with humor and pleasantness.

SCO FUD almost over...

What confused people into thinking that Linux was on loose legal ground is slowly ending with SCO filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware (The inside-US version of the "Cayman Islands" used to hide assets). See Groklaw for ongoing details. This is soon after it was found by a court that Novell, not SCO, owned the copyrights that were the basis of SCO's lawsuits.

Labour day thoughts: tangible/real economy vs "intellectual property" economy

As Canadians celebrate Labour Day tomorrow, I wanted to remind people about an article that Canadian Science fiction author wrote titled How Hollywood, Congress, And DRM Are Beating Up The American Economy, and how it is specifically relevant to this day. As those in the labour movement mourn the ongoing loss of manufacturing jobs it is important for them to realize just what types of policies are at the heart of this change, and Cory does a great job of explaining it.

My first letter to the new Heritage and Industry Ministers.

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007, sent in e-Mail. This version cleaned up to read better in HTML. Also published on: p2pnet


Dear Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry,
Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,

Congratulations on your new cabinet positions. As you likely know, one of the joint responsibilities you will have is Copyright, an area of policy that is of great interest and concern to me as a software author, as well as an internet/security consultant.

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