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The Restart Project - The Right to Repair and Reuse Your Electronics
"The Restart Project helps people learn how to repair their broken electronics, and rethink how they consume them in the first place."
repair  maintenance  infrastructure  electronics  activism  learning  copyright  intellectual-property 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Home - Local Contexts
"Local Contexts is an initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. Local Contexts provides legal, extra-legal, and educational strategies for navigating copyright law and the public domain status of this valuable cultural heritage. By providing strategic resources and practical solutions, Local Contexts and our partners are working towards a new paradigm of rights and responsibilities that recognizes the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over their cultural heritage."
label  taxonomy  intellectual-property  copyright 
march 2018 by tsuomela
2015 UK report on connections between research academics and industry.
academia  industry  innovation  business  intellectual-property 
july 2015 by tsuomela
Intellectual Property and the Information Ecosystem by Peter K. Yu :: SSRN
"This short essay proceeds in two parts. The first part examines the controversy surrounding the use of the term intellectual property. It discusses the common criticisms of the term's usage, including those articulated by Richard Stallman. It also challenges the myth that intellectual property did not acquire any property attributes until the establishment of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The essay suggests that the term may remain in common usage despite its uneasy analogy to real property, and a more nuanced understanding of property law may alleviate some of the problems caused by using the term. The second part focuses on the need for a new conceptual framework to reframe the intellectual property debate. This part articulates three reasons why the information ecosystem would provide such a framework. First, it reminds policymakers and commentators of the problems of the current bipolar intellectual property debate. Second, it highlights the different components of the intellectual property system and the interactions among these components. Third, it underscores the need to take a holistic perspective and consider intellectual property laws and policies as one of the many components of a larger information ecosystem."
intellectual-property  ecosystems  property  law 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Jaron Lanier Discusses Power Laws, Centralized Publishing, and the Social Perils of Free Information | The Scholarly Kitchen
"Overall, it’s a fascinating interview that touches on a number of topics in the wind currently. I plan to read the book, and do some thinking about these issues. “Free” is a price that has consequences. As we see what happens when information remains or becomes free, those consequences become clearer and require more serious thought. Ultimately, “free” could make us less free."
interview  value  online  intellectual-property  copyright  internet  economics  technology-effects  information  freedom  ideology 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Copyright actually makes books disappear, according to study TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
"“A random sample of new books for sale on shows three times more books initially published in the 1850’s are for sale than new books from the 1950’s. Why? This paper presents new data on how copyright seems to make works disappear,” runs the abstract of the study, How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs), by Professor Paul J. Heald (pictured at left), of the University of Illinois College of Law, and visiting professor at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Britain’s Bournemouth University."
copyright  books  research  access  intellectual-property  publishing 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Sean Parker and World That Napster Created : The New Yorker
"So when news broke about his fantasy wedding, and Parker’s alleged misconduct, we were reminded that, for over a decade, we’ve been following the lead of programmers whose decisions reflect the impetuousness of young age, when one is both puerile and arrogant."
technology  technology-effects  technology-critique  music  copyright  intellectual-property  art  business 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Teller Magician Interview - Chris Jones Teller Magician Profile - Esquire
"Stealing magic has become a commonplace crime. Teller, a man of infinite delicacy and deceit, decided to do something about it."
profile  magic  magician  mystery  copyright  intellectual-property 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” « The Scholarly Kitchen
"I recently finished a book entitled, “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.” It’s a fascinating insight into how the digital revolution, which was meant to spawn a resurgent era of artistic and creative productivity, has instead turned into an exploitative decade with technology companies and “free content” advocates undercutting the very foundations of what the author, Robert Levine, calls “the culture business.” The result? Droves of dispirited, underfunded, and beleaguered artists, authors, editors, reporters, critics, performers, musicians, and creative businesses in their wake."
book  review  free  technology  open  digital  culture  art  music  money  economics  commons  intellectual-property  copyright  business 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Why Do Some Software Commons Succeed and Others Fail? | David Bollier
"The tech world frequently talks about open source software as a collaborative endeavor, but it is less apt to use the word “commons,” let alone engage in rigorous empirical analysis for understanding how software commons actually work. The arrival of Internet Success: A Study of Open-Source Software Commons (MIT Press) is therefore a welcome event. This book is the first large-scale empirical study to look at the social, technical and institutional aspects of free, libre and open source software (often known as “FLOSS”). It uses extensive firsthand survey research, statistical analysis and commons frameworks for studying this under-theorized realm."
book  review  open-source  intellectual-property  success  commons 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Adam Yauch and Paul’s Boutique: How dumb court decisions have made it nearly impossible for artists to sample the way the Beastie Boys did - Slate Magazine
"Even as hip-hop is more mainstream than ever, one of the key musical innovations has been pushed to the margins. That should serve as a reminder that the battles over intellectual property don’t merely pit the economic interests of creators against would-be freeloading consumers. The existing stock of recorded music is, potentially, a powerful tool in the hands of musicians looking to create new works. But it’s been largely cut off from them—for no good reason."
copyright  intellectual-property  samples  music  hiphop  history  law  culture 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Another Reason Why DRM Is Bad -- For Publishers | Techdirt
As a way of fighting unauthorized sharing of digital files, DRM is particularly stupid. It not only doesn't work -- DRM is always broken, and DRM-less versions quickly produced -- it also makes the official versions less valuable than the pirated ones, since they are less convenient to use in multiple ways. As a result, DRM actually makes piracy more attractive, which is probably why most of the music industry eventually decided to drop it.
Sadly, the world of ebooks seems unable to learn from that experience, and insists on making the same mistakes by using DRM widely. But it turns out that there are even more problems in the publishing domain, as this fascinating tale of how DRM acts as a barrier to entry in the online bookstore market makes clear
business  publishing  drm  intellectual-property  copyright  technology  publisher 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: People Who Don't "Get" Transparency or Positive Sum Games
"The Enlightenment's core discovery was the positive-sum game... ways that democracy, markets and science can "float all boats," so that even those who aren't top-winners can still see things get better, overall, year after year -- leading to the diamond-shaped social structure we discussed in an earlier post (last week), with a vibrant and creative middle class outnumbering the poor."
technology  computer  security  programming  intellectual-property  law  enlightenment  positive  games 
october 2011 by tsuomela
The Myth of the Sole Inventor by Mark Lemley :: SSRN
"The point can be made more general: surveys of hundreds of significant new technologies show that almost all of them are invented simultaneously or nearly simultaneously by two or more teams working independently of each other. Invention appears in significant part to be a social, not an individual, phenomenon. Inventors build on the work of those who came before, and new ideas are often "in the air," or result from changes in market demand or the availability of new or cheaper starting materials. And in the few circumstances where that is not true – where inventions truly are "singletons" – it is often because of an accident or error in the experiment rather than a conscious effort to invent. "
invention  innovation  creativity  social  individual  genius  intellectual-property  patents  law 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom — Pro-commerce ∙ Pro-competition ∙ Anti-monopoly
The Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF) is dedicated to building public awareness of the manner in which laws and policies impede innovation, creativity, communication, learning, knowledge, emulation, and information sharing. We are for property rights, free markets, competition, commerce, cooperation, and the voluntary sharing of knowledge, and oppose laws that systematically impede or hamper innovation, especially those enforced in the name of defending "intellectual property," such as patent and copyright
intellectual-property  freedom  copyright  property  innovation  law  legal 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The public domain: The ivory tower opens its treasure chest | The Economist
Yale University aims to change all that. In an announcement on May 10th, the university says its libraries, museums and archives will provide free universal access to high-resolution digitisations of holdings in the public domain
online  access  public-domain  school(Yale)  art  digital-humanities  digitization  intellectual-property  copyright 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Detailed discussion of the HarperCollins proposal to limit e-book library checkouts to 26.
publisher  publishing  economics  libraries  copyright  intellectual-property  ownership  morality  e-books  electronic  digital-library  digital 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Human Genome (Patent) Project | Science/AAAS
In fact, one-fifth of human genes—especially potential moneymakers associated with diseases—are covered by patents, so a commercial outfit developing a diagnostic test faces quite a "patent thicket." But diagnostics is only the most obvious area in which critics say gene patents and gene science have become misaligned. Disputes over the proper way to patent genes—especially how many patents to grant and how broad to make them—have affected most areas of biotechnology.
science  genetics  patents  intellectual-property  ethics 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The downward spiral of ownership and value « The Thingology Blog
"The loss of ownership creates a downward spiral in value, and erodes the very notion of paying for books at all.

Defining ownership down. We used to own our books. With most ebooks we own them in name, but effectively we lease them. As Jane documents, the slide toward more and more attenuated concepts of ownership continues."
books  publishing  economics  ownership  intellectual-property  copyright  value  values  information 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Stanford Copyright
Material on copyright cases surrounding course packs and fair-use. From the 1990s.
copyright  intellectual-property  information  fair-use  courses  courseware 
january 2011 by tsuomela
SSRN-Copyright in an Era of Information Overload: Toward the Privileging of Categorizers by Frank Pasquale
Environmental laws are designed to reduce negative externalities (such as pollution) that harm the natural environment. Copyright law should adjust the rights of content creators in order to compensate for the ways they reduce the usefulness of the information environment as a whole. Every new work created contributes to the store of expression, but also makes it more difficult to find whatever work one wants. Such search costs have been well-documented in information economics. Copyright law should take information overload externalities like search costs into account in its treatment of alleged copyright infringers whose work merely attempts to index, organize, categorize, or review works by providing small samples of them. They are not free riding off the labor of copyright holders, but rather are creating the types of navigational tools and filters that help consumers make sense of the ocean of expression copyright holders have created.
copyright  intellectual-property  information-overload  indexing  cataloging 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Innovation Isn’t a Matter of Left or Right -
Steven Johnson responds to the question: "Are you a communist?"

In my research, I analyzed 300 of the most influential innovations in science, commerce and technology — from the discovery of vacuums to the vacuum tube to the vacuum cleaner — and put the innovators of each breakthrough into one of four quadrants. First, there is the classic solo entrepreneur, protecting innovations in order to benefit from them financially; then the amateur individual, exploring and inventing for the love of it. Then there are the private corporations collaborating on ideas while simultaneously competing with one another. And then there is what I call the “fourth quadrant”: the space of collaborative, nonproprietary innovation, exemplified in recent years by the Internet and the Web, two groundbreaking innovations not owned by anyone.
...the fourth quadrant turns out to have generated more world-changing ideas than the competitive sphere of the marketplace.
innovation  creativity  politics  ideology  markets  collaboration  property  intellectual-property  communism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Award winning SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research. SHERPA services and the SHERPA Partnership are both based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham.
open-access  scholarly-communication  institutions  repository  archive  publishing  intellectual-property 
october 2010 by tsuomela
OA tracking project - OAD
This is a cluster of lists and other information about the open access tracking project (OATP).
The OATP is a social tagging project to capture new OA developments comprehensively and in real time.
open-access  intellectual-property  tracking  projects  open 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Interview With William Patry: Understanding How The Copyright Debate Got Twisted | Techdirt
In an ideal world, what would copyright law look like to you?

The 1909 Act. It had a much shorter term, formalities that separated the wheat from the chaff, and fair use wasn't mentioned in the statute because it was regarded as a robust common law doctrine.
intellectual-property  copyright  open-access  law  history 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Public Index
Welcome to the Public Index, a site to study and discuss the proposed Google Book Search settlement. Here, you can browse and annotate the proposed settlement, section-by-section.
google  google-books  law  lawsuit  intellectual-property 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Mesa Redonda sobre Patrimonio Intelectual y Conocimiento Libre - Jean Claude Guedón (Argumento)
Open Access and the divide between “mainstream” and “peripheral” science
Jean-Claude Guédon
Université de Montréal
intellectual-property  copyright  periphery  science  publishing  open-access  open-science 
july 2009 by tsuomela
"Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished?" | Berkman Center
The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic domain. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem.
copyright  intellectual-property  academic  publishing 
july 2009 by tsuomela » Art, God and Copyright
Two examples of copyright and religion in conflict: Indonesian batik designers, and sermon sharing sites.
copyright  intellectual-property  religion  culture  commons 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Were we smarter 100 years ago..? | The Public Domain |
I have been rereading the legislative history of the 1909 Copyright Act. I have come to the conclusion that 100 years ago we were smarter about copyright, about disruptive technologies, about intellectual property, monopolies and network effects than we are today.
copyright  intellectual-property  history  1910s  law  legislation 
july 2009 by tsuomela - home
The Price for Music Model strives to provide artists and music rights holders with a monetary return for music content consumed via the internet, addressing the revenue gap arising from digital content being downloaded via non-legitimate channels.
intellectual-property  copyright  arts  music  money  creative-class  creativity 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Sumutia: Remix culture and copyright law
Popular culture - as opposed to the pop culture created by artists without academic training which is flooding our media - has always been a remix culture.
popular  culture  remix  fair-use  copyright  intellectual-property 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Ruling Imagination: Law and Creativity » Blog Archive » Robert Johnson made no deal with the devil
Conceptions of Robert Johnson’s work highlight the context dependent nature of notions of originality. Originality is yet another characteristic of copyrightability that is not always easy to delineate in actual contexts of creation.
originality  creativity  innovation  imagination  music  culture  remix  blues  copyright  intellectual-property  romanticism  authorship 
july 2009 by tsuomela
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