Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

There are a lot more questions...but I'm just soliciting input on the "information wants to be free" philosophy.


It's not really about 'information wants to be free', as much as it is you have this content out there that's infinitely reproducible and instantly transportable, and then you have people telling you not to copy it. Well, guess what? Whether right or wrong, if it can be copied, it WILL be copied. You can scream and whine about it all you want, try to sue people or get laws passed to try and curtail it, but it doesn't change the fundamental fact that there's absolutely NOTHING you can do to prevent copying.

In terms of digital content, the traditional economics of supply and demand really doesn't work here, because as long as a digital good exists, the supply is always infinite. And if we're going to figure out how to make this fit into traditional economics (or change traditional economics to fit this new reality), we'd better do it while the goods are still digital, before somebody invents a gadget that allows us to reproduce physical objects, and turns this economy on its ass. I mean, if we could reproduce a car instantly for $0, how many people do you think would still buy one? Answer: Not many.

Edited 2011-09-05 02:38 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WorknMan,

"It's not really about 'information wants to be free', as much as it is you have this content out there that's infinitely reproducible and instantly transportable..."

I completely agree that from a natural point of view, the supply of copies is infinite and therefor the natural value of copies approaches zero; it's only the artificial limits imposed by copyright law which makes copies valuable.

However I'm not sure if you got that I was differentiating between social views of copying, not technological ones.

"before somebody invents a gadget that allows us to reproduce physical objects, and turns this economy on its ass. I mean, if we could reproduce a car instantly for $0, how many people do you think would still buy one? Answer: Not many."

If a car could be produced instantly for $0, than the underlying *value* of the car approaches $0. This is an exaggeration for physical goods which are inherently scarce.

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