Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 18:12 UTC
Legal "Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform. Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where 'everything is a remix'." In 9 minutes and 42 seconds, Ferguson explains in plain English why patent and copyright law is fundamentally broken.
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RE[2]: This is blasphemy
by Tony Swash on Mon 17th Sep 2012 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE: This is blasphemy"
Tony Swash
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I just don't get the point of this. Is the argument that because everything is connected to what came before that there is no such thing as intellectual property? Because if so it's a pretty silly position to take.

If there is a such a thing as IP then the question becomes trickier - where to draw the line.

If we accept that everything is connected to what came before it that doesn't really answer any useful question such as at what point is something not original, and therefore up for grabs and can be copied at will, and when is something original and therefore due legal protection from copying. And how do you tell the difference between the two.

I get a bit irritated with attempts to to try to simplify a difficult set of issues and problems. My feeling is that this can only be argued about on a case by case basis, that attempts to create general frameworks or sets of principals leads nowhere very useful and that unfortunately that probably means the only realistic way to resolve IP issues is through endless legal hearings.

Currently for those interested in computing technology there are a lot of high profile IP legal cases running but there is nothing unusual in this. All fields of commerce, industry and technology where a rapid period of technical changes determines the fate of large amounts of money see an intense spate of legal IP action. That is as it has always been and, as far as I can see, as it will always will be. The current spate of actions around the mobile device market will fade just as the spate of actions around the PC revolution faded and as did similar spates of legal actions in other fields of technology and industry faded.

We may root for different protagonists, and have different hopes as to who will win or lose but in the medium to long term it will all work itself out and fade away. In ten years this will all be relatively obscure stuff that only obsessives argue about just like now when issues like who invented the modern computer GUI and the relative roles of the Xerox Parc, Apple or Microsoft have all faded but for the flickering flames of passionate belief kept alive by a tiny group of the obsessed few .

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