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Is There A Better Word Than “Balance” In The Copyright Debate?

Credit: Brent and MariLynn [CC BY] Mike Masnick questions the word “balance” in the copyright debate: I’ve long thought that balance is the wrong way to look at it. The purpose of copyright law is to incentivize the creation of new content, and thus the standard on which copyright law […]

Information Serendipity In Different Mediums

Credit: David Weekly [CC BY] I’ve been meaning to comment on Mathew Ingram’s defence of newspapers and serendipity. Clay Shirky has been talking about the bundling that occurs in newspapers as a mere accident of print, something that was only necessary given the constraints of paper, but doesn’t make sense […]

Smearing Lawrence Lessig and Free Culture

What good thing could come of an intellectually dishonest smear campaign against Lawrence Lessig? Mike Masnick absolutely ripping it to shreds. As a general comment, these defenders of “intellectual property” don’t seem to understand that granting artificial monopolies involves more government intervention, not less. Free culture is not communism. Also, […]