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The End of Ownership: Why You Need to Fight America’s Copyright Laws

BY KYLE WIENS01.17.149:30 AM Wired Just the other day, I got a card in the mail for my 30th birthday. When I opened it up, the card started singing “Happy Birthday.” And that little thing — pealing out at the top of its automated lungs — made me laugh. What a strange thing to computerize. […]

Slaves of the Internet, Unite!

By TIM KREIDER Published: October 26, 2013 NYTimes NOT long ago, I received, in a single week, three (3) invitations to write an original piece for publication or give a prepared speech in exchange for no ($0.00) money. As with stinkbugs, it’s not any one instance of this request but their sheer number and relentlessness […]

Apple is the company most targeted by patent trolls

Aug 27, 2013 12:59 PM Techhive Mark Hachman Apple, HP and Samsung have been attacked the most by so-called “patent trolls” within the last five years, a Silicon Valley lawyer said Tuesday. But recent legislative activity may be weakening their power. Patents represented 5 percent of all U.S. exports in 2009, or $89.8 billion, Michael […]

Does Copyright Make Books Disappear? [feedly]

KAL RAUSTIALA AND CHRIS SPRIGMAN 08/09/2013 | 10:32 am Freakonomics Copyright law has two main economic justifications. One is familiar—the idea that copyright promotes the production of creative work by ensuring that creators, and not copyists, gain the value of their creations. Yet production is not enough, since works also need to be distributed over […]

Technology Industry Extends a Hand to Struggling Print Media

By NICK WINGFIELD Published: August 11, 2013 NYTimes From classifieds to display ads to subscriptions, the digital age has broken the financial pillars of print journalism, leaving the industry struggling to stand on its own. But more frequently — and with a boom last week, when Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, bought The […]

Enjoy the Rules

By FREDDIE DEBOER The New Inquiry A review of Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? What becomes of America when the social contract can no longer be fulfilled? Generations of parents taught their children about deals that they thought were immutable aspects of the American condition; they now watch their adult children struggle in a […]

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ July 14, 2013, 9:04 pm NYTimes In the war against inequality, we’ve become so used to bad news that we’re almost taken aback when something positive happens. And with the Supreme Court having affirmed that wealthy people and corporations have a constitutional right to buy American elections, who would have expected […]

E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage

By DAVID STREITFELD Published: July 10, 2013 NYTimes Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, loves disrupting markets. In that regard, he must be having a delightful summer. The book business, once so mired in the past it seemed part of the antiques trade, is up for grabs. A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Apple […]

Fork in the Road for a Bookseller – NYTimes.com

By JULIE BOSMAN Published: July 9, 2013 MYTimes William Lynch was brimming with the enthusiasm of a start-up entrepreneur. It was January 2012, and Mr. Lynch, Barnes & Noble’s chief executive, was showing off the company’s shiny Palo Alto, Calif., offices, a 300-person outpost that was the center of its e-reader operations. He and other […]