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Tag: Copyright
  • The Day All Action Ceased

    What is property? More specifically, at its essential theoretical core, beyond the artifice of legal fiat: what is property? Somewhat broadly, property is anything that satisfies each of the following requirements: property is scarce; property possesses objective (intersubjectively ascertainable) borders; and property has a determinable temporal genesis. The theory of intellectual property (IP) posits that …

  • Dislike: Facebook Sued for Patent Infringement

    You can bet Mark Zuckerberg won’t “like” this. According to BBC, Facebook is being sued for its use of the “Like” button. It seems that Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer—a quintessential Dutch name if there ever was one—patented a “Like” button for his primitive social networking site Surfbook in 1998. Van Der Meer passed …

  • A Response from Copyfighter Alan Wexelblat

    Alan Wexelblat from Corante’s Copyfight blog responds to my SOPA-related post: As I am not libertarian, I was interested to read their point of view. In particular, Aheram asserts that copyright itself, by virtue of its government-granted monopolistic status, is an illegitimate infringement on sovereign private property rights. I suspect that others – even other …

  • Michael Geist on the Global Copyfight

    Michael Geist’s keynote address discussing “the role of digital activism in countering bills like SOPA and the ongoing copyfight over the use of WIPO, ACTA, and aggressive laws to promote restrictive copyright rules.”

  • A Libertarian Primer on the Copyright Wars

    On Jan. 18, the world was audience to the one of the most visible online activism yet in Internet history. Taking part in the 24-hour protest were thousands of websites and millions of Internet users going head-to-head with Hollywood to oppose a pair of anti-piracy bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect …

  • Copying Is Not Theft

    Hat tip.

  • Movie Piracy

    I’ve noted here before that I have mixed feelings on IP law — though I know that many libertarians are firmly against some or all forms of intellectual property, I haven’t read enough into the subject to have a firm opinion one way or another.  Nonetheless, this graphic is interesting (click on it for a …

  • Judge Proposes Outlawing Linking…

    …yes, linking.  Linking like this.  Richard Posner, who is apparently a well-known “conservative” judge, has suggested on his blog that linking to copyrighted materials online should be made illegal when the copyright holder has not given explicit consent.  The point of this, it seems, would be to protect the dying newspaper industry by keeping people …