TCLP 2009-08-19 Rant: Owning Innovation

This is a feature cast.

In the intro a quick review of the movie, District 9.

The hacker word of the week this week is engine.

The feature this week is a rant on owning innovation. In it I mention VoloMedia claiming to have the patent on podcasting including their own words on the matter, Iain Bank’s publisher claiming first podcast novel, Christiana Ellis wins the preposterous claims contest that followed on Twitter, the Creative Commons and the Free Idea eXchange.


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Felten’s Modest Proposal: Three Strikes for Print

In the wake of the so-called three strikes rule passing in the lower house of French Parliament, Professor Ed Felten has a brilliant plan for further spreading this amazing French innovation in law:

My proposed system is simplicity itself. The government sets up a registry of accused infringers. Anybody can send a complaint to the registry, asserting that someone is infringing their copyright in the print medium. If the government registry receives three complaints about a person, that person is banned for a year from using print.

So obvious, right?  The internet and print are after all nearly identical–except when they aren’t.  Why stop with the printed word, though.

Once we have adopted three-strikes for print, we can move on to other media. Next on the list: three-strikes systems for sound waves, and light waves. These media are too important to leave unprotected.

Brilliance.  Make sure you read the rest of his proposal for the full impact.