Tag Archives: copyright

Copyresponsibility

There has been a great deal of discussion about copyrights in the new world, where the ability to copy or distribute any piece of information without destroying the original is virtually infinite. Much effort has been put into preserving the “old model”, where the right to copy is restricted based on the author (or more… Read More »

Intellectually Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin is, or had been, one of my favourite authors. In 1974, she published an excellent thought experiment, set in a science fiction setting, titled, “The Dispossessed.” The book discusses a group of people who built a culture and society around the idea of non-possession; nothing belonged to anyone. People lived in… Read More »

Distributors Don’t Die

Abstract The Internet makes it easy for artist and audience to connect directly, but it does not eliminate a market for distribution companies, as distribution costs are nonzero. However, these costs do not justify a royalty from every sale. I have implied, or even explied* that distributors (record labels, publishers, movie producers) are not necessary… Read More »

Pirate Party of Canada

I have never considered myself a political activist. I rarely vote, believing that “low voter turnout” is a more telling statistic than “voted for one of several fools at random”. I’ve always been unimpressed by the Canadian democratic process. There seemed no alternative to leaving the handling of our nation in the hands of whichever… Read More »