Our patent system is a mess. It's a fount of expensive litigation that allows aging companies to linger around by bullying their more innovative competitors in court. Critics have suggested plenty of reasonable reforms, from eliminating software patents to clamping down on "trolls" who buy up patent portfolios only so they can file lawsuits. But do we need a more radical solution? Would we be possibly be better off without any patents at all?Read more »
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) is part of the group's controversial "graduated response" effort: a partnership between Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, the MPAA, RIAA, and others that will enforce copyright claims against customers by serving them with warnings and escalating penalties.Read more »
(Johanna Blakley at TEDxUSC 2010) Fashion, along with other "low-IP" markets like perfumes, comedy, food, furniture, and magic, is generally unencumbered by patents and copyrights. All of these industries enjoy perpetually rapid innovation, and their gross sales tend to dwarf "high-IP" markets. Maybe it's time to rethink supporting monopoly protection within *your* industry.Read more »
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