Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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"commentary" is absurd.

Extolling the virtues of Kucinich and Paul? Equating Obama to Bush? Equating the Democratic and Republican parties? Talk of globalist puppets? It's nonsense, in my opinion.

Anyway, rather than turning this into yet another lame political blog, maybe the comments should get back to the original issue. What "reforms" to copyright and patent law are you guys seeking?

I don't have much problem with current copyright law (I don't like piracy), but I'd like to hear what reforms you have in mind. I went to a talk by Lessig five years ago. He was a bit too cavalier wrt the rights of creators, IMO, but one thing I agreed with was his suggestion of allowing "mixing" of copyrighted materials to create new works. (I still wouldn't mind seeing the original creators get some royalties, if that created "mix" is used in a profit-making veture.)

As for patent law, I would like to see:
A. the timeline of patents shortened from 20 years to N years.
B. I'd like to have holders of patents REQUIRED to license the patents to others, including competitors, for a reasonable fee. "Reasonable" can be determined by negotiations, and if that fails, then by an arbiter.
C. In order to be given a patent, you must present a working product, and make a good faith effort to market that product.

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