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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by Neolander on Tue 18th Sep 2012 07:25 UTC
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I was just thinking... If speech obeyed the same laws as industrial products, could TED talks still exist ?

After all, what TED speakers do is to take good ideas that have been flowing around in the R&D world for a while, think about them a bit, and put them in a very well-designed package : a talk that's concise, clean, and easy to understand for everyone. When they do so, they generally don't owe people who've been working on these ideas a dime, yet they will take credit for that work : people will often mention their name when they pass the talk's video around, they will have a higher chance to be hired on a job concerning the matter that was discussed, and so on.

Isn't it exactly what current IP law has been designed to prevent ? If the legal system had some coherence, shouldn't ownership of concepts also mean ownership of free speech about these concepts ? Or, on the other side of the fence, should we ditch the whole "intellectual property" thing altogether and work on another legal system that protects creation without being fundamentally based on the ownership of specific ideas and language constructs ?

Edited 2012-09-18 07:32 UTC

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