Items tagged "Innovation"

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You Can’t Copyright a Hair Style; World Keeps Spinning

July 5, 2011 Fashion Copyright , Innovation

A story on the radio show Marketplace yesterday inadvertently highlighted an important point that is all too often left out of discussions about intellectual property: some types of ideas are simply beyond the scope of copyright or patent.  Even commercial ideas.  And that is ok.

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Beyond Lobbynomics, or the Competitive Advantage of Easy Licensing

June 1, 2011 Innovation , International

Last month there was (rightly) a great deal of attention surrounding the release of Professor Ian Hargreaves’ “Digital Opportunity” report in the UK.  The independent report, commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron, asked the question “Could it be true that laws designed more than three centuries ago with the express purpose of creating economic incentives for innovation by protecting creators’ rights are today obstructing innovation and economic growth?”  The answer was a simple “yes.”

Most of the initial coverage focused on Hargreaves’ use of the term “lobbynomics” to describe the economic evidence that rightsholders marshal in support of ever increasing protections.  While this is an important practice to draw attention to (and one that our own Government Accounting Office has commented on as well) it may not be the most important point that the report makes.

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The Music Industry Builds Its Own Prison – Again

May 11, 2011 Fair Use , Innovation , Music

Imagine for a moment you had not been paying attention for the past fifteen years.  While watching Google’s announcement yesterday about its music service (or Amazon’s last month) you might wonder why the music industry failed to learn its lesson from its experience with iTunes. 

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Recognizing Creativity and Innovation in 3D Printing

February 22, 2011 Fashion Copyright , Innovation

The world of 3D printing was in a tizzy last week discussing a DMCA takedown notice received by the website Thingiverse, a website that allows users to share and discuss their 3D printed designs.  It was something of a milestone because it was the first DMCA notice received by the site.

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With Us Or Against Us? That is Not the Question

February 15, 2011 Enforcement , Innovation , Piracy

Tomorrow, Scott Turow, a novelist and the president of the Authors Guild, will testify before a Senate hearing on the specific topic of online infringement. This hearing will almost certainly center around proposals similar to last year’s S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act—a detailed piece of legislation that delves into law enforcement practices and the technological underpinnings of the Internet.

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Walling off Another Garden: Is Soundcloud Turning on Its Supporters?

January 24, 2011 Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Innovation , Network Neutrality

This is a guest blog post. The original post, which has images and a great comment thread including the thoughts of Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture, can be found here. Both Larisa Mann and Jace Clayton spoke at Public Knowledge’s second annual World’s Fair Use Day.


Looks like the walls are going up again…

You may remember the thing memorialized on Twitter and beyond as #musicblogocide which was actually the second wave (and there may be a third?) of what is basically an inevitable clash between the practices and desires of local music scenes, especially dance music scenes, and the way music-making is structured under law and capitalism.  I wrote about an earlier wave in 2008 and then this February it started up again, with many folk starting to get into the deeper issues, including this magisterial take by Wayne.

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What The Department of Justice Order In Comcast/NBCU Tells Us

January 20, 2011 Broadband , Comcast , FCC , Innovation , Network Neutrality

In all the hoo ha about the Comcast/NBCU Merger, few folks troubled to read the Department of Justice Competitive Impact Statement, Complaint, and Consent Decree. That’s rather unfortunate, as these documents sets forth a straightforward case under the antitrust laws for program access conditions for online competitors and for network neutrality. Here’s the short version:  Comcast pre-merger makes almost 30 times more money from providing cable service than from programming revenues. Even adding all of NBCU’s revenue, Comcast will still make more than twice as much from selling cable service ($34 billion) as from programming ($16.9 billion).

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Tim Wu’s “Master Switch” Is A Master Work

October 29, 2010 Competition , Deregulation , Enforcement , Innovation , Network Neutrality

As we speak, one giant telecommunications company, the cable/programming megalith Comcast, is poised to take over another, the NBC network of local stations, cable channels and even a movie studio.  At the same time, two other giants, NewsCorp., owner of the Fox network, is in a cage death match with Cablevision, another distributor/programmer as three million customers fume at the loss of the World Series and other programming.

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PK In the Know Podcast

October 29, 2010 Innovation , Mobile Communication , MVPD , TV Everywhere

On today’s podcast, we talk the Fox/Cablevision retransmission battle, Comcast’s announcement that you don’t need to be on a Comcast Internet connection to get Xfinity video, Apple’s universal SIM card that will never be useful in the United States, the copyright protections that were the secret to Netflix’s success, and Amazon’s small step towards allowing book sharing on the Kindle.

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PK In the Know Podcast

October 22, 2010 Competition , Innovation , Mobile Communication , Set-Top Box , TXTSMS

In this week’s podcast, we talk about TV networks fighting to keep the Internet off of your TV, tiered pricing on mobile data networks, the latest in SMS statistics, and interview the guys from MakerBeam, an erector set for the Internet age.

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