p2pnet news view | DRM:- No DRM. No Copyrights. No Patents.
Would it be possible to survive in such a world?
Ask Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG, or Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney, or any of the big software or gamnes companies.
They’ll tell you.
But what if …. ?
If people and companies could copy anything in existence, rolling it into whatever product they can design, and then attempt to sell it to others … what would that world look like?
But, never happen.
Legal fraternities of lawyers around the world wouldn’t allow it. Imagine how many of them would have to find honest and useful employment as a direct consequence?
Perish the thought.
However, Hodgins goes on »»»
What if it was a software endeavor? Suppose all of Microsoft’s operating systems were suddenly free and some rogue programmer at Redmond released all of the source code for every version (including service packs) unto the world for free. It was now in some public software channel like Linux. Could the developer community grab hold of Windows and turn it into something truly usable and amazing? Or do we need the Microsofts of the world controlling their code, only rolling out to us that which they want to give – at the speed they want to give it? Is it possible to operate without such limitations – successfully?
Is a world without DRM, Copyrights or Patents even conceivable? Would it be of benefit knowing that everything we see, everything we’re exposed to, everything we obtain, everything we learn, everything we teach, that all of it can be used by anyone at any point for any purpose, completely free of charge and without limitation? Would it be a worthwhile world to recognize that at such a point it would only be the fruits of our labor sold for whatever the market will bear which sustains us? It would not be some grand idea first exploited and then capitalized upon for years as fortunes are made. Only by working and doing would we gain. Is it possible? And is it desirable?
But, “The world isn`t ready for a ‘star trek’ philosophy,” reckons Romulan.
TG Daily – A world free from DRM, copyrights and patents, January 14, 2009
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