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PK In the Know Podcast

September 23, 2011 AT&T , Data Caps , Fair Use , Innovation , Network Neutrality

Today’s podcast is full of a month’s worth of news including AT&T/T-Mobile, Net Neutrality rules, Authors Guild and orphan works, the Hotfile case and automated copyright takedown notices, and updates from the Open Video Conference, the Open Hardware Summit (including this talk), and Makerfaire.

Oh, and of course this.

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PK In the Know Podcast

July 29, 2011 Competition , Innovation , Piracy , TV Everywhere

On today’s podcast we mark a TWiT.tv milestone, discuss Fox pulling content from Hulu, and consider Ars Technica making money selling free content.  We also chat with Paul Geller of Grooveshark about why Grooveshark decided to engage with policymakers here in Washington, DC.

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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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