Monday, April 04, 2005

The copy-unrighteousness or I had enough...

This got to stop. The big corporation are pushing it, beyond the red line. The whole thing about copyright and patents is pushed out of proportions. It is used not to protect intellectual property, but hammer competition, prosecute opponents and to do many more ugly things. There has to be made a clear difference between actual property and intellectual one. Because knowledge has to be an asset of all humanity and not some privileged individuals. There has to be made a fair compromise. There were time that intellectual property was underprotected, but now it has become overprotected, to an absurd extend. An obvious example is software patents. By definition software cannot be patented, it can only be copyrighted. It is an obvious and ugly attempt of big corporations (who lobbied this law) to get rid of the competition. The whole patent idea was created to protect a small starting business from such corporations, but nowadays it is cynically used by the corporations to crush such firms.
My opinion is:
  • Software patents have to be abolished, unconditionally.
  • Copyright has to be limited to 40 years.
  • DRM systems are to be prohibited.
  • Copyright must be separated from the media carrying the protected content. What I mean, is when you buy a copyrighted content on one type of a media, you won't have to pay for copyright again when you buy the same content on a different media.
If piracy is the only measure I have to combat them, then I'm proud to be a pirate!


Vavoom said...

Bravo, Woland. Big corporations always claim that innovation threatens their livelihood. Look at radio, video recording and now P2P file sharing. In the first two cases, large companies benefited (a little too much in my opinion). Why do we always feel the need to place technological control in the hands of irresponsible, disinterested and uninnovative corporations?

Woland said...

That is what open source is for. At least for software, unless software patents are going to be adopted worldwide.

Yury Puzis said...

btw, the culture of "protecting intelectual property" is not as self propmoting (look how positive the name sounds) as it might seem. for example in china the tradition (ancient, not communists) say that if somebody copies your work, you should be proud, because it means it is usefull.
Just how far away we are from that point.