In it, “Newspapers are elephants in a desert of their own making, desperately wandering from watering hole to watering hole, but the revenue flowing from each tributary of their 18th century monopoly on the sale of copies is drying up,” says Crosbie, adding:
“Neither fencing off the copies nor reinforcing the monopoly will help. Their business model faces absolute drought. So they collect, not to commit suicide, but to assemble their graveyard.
“Our own technology reveals the fundamental natural law governing information and intellectual work. The age of commercial privilege is ending. Natural rights must resume.”
Says surfer »»»
i think there are three kinds of people, those that know about copyrights true intentions (Robert, Henri, Crosby, [and I have to include here the MAFIAA thug lawyers, otherwise they would not be fighting so hard for their extensions, blah] ), sheeple that only know what is brainwashed into them by similiar fecal material as the lawyers, big $ et al.., and the dont knows.
im a degreed software engineer of over 20 yrs and 8 languages, capable of being an `expert witness` in any of these RIAA circus acts currently in the court system, and not an artist.
however, the other day, i was talking to a collegue and he suggested that i patent a particular software package i `shrink-wrapped` years ago. i found a copy laying around and thought mebbe i should update its version with a re-write and put it back on the market. patent it? never thought of that.. i continued the conversation that in during the diligence, i only found another minor player in usa that had a similiar idea, and there would still be demand for this software i designed. even if there was another package like mine, it would be good competition to make mine better.
then i realized, i was an artist, and all the articles on ars, /., techdirt and here reminded me of patent trolls, copyright propoganda, ad nauseum.
so, if i patent the `idea`, which im sure is easy as fuck to do, then i can lock out innovation entirely, and everyone would be at my whim when i felt like upgrading my software. for the price i demanded, gee, that sounded all too familiar even if I DIDNT, someone else could, and then force mine off the market.., if only for protecting my right to offer a better software package for a reasonable fee i HAVE to patent it. thats fucked up when a system is so screwed, you HAVE to play their way, or not be allowed into the game at all.
it really hits home hard when the realizations of how fucked up the patent and copyright system is in its current state, lemme tell ya.
love your articles Crosbie.
“Thanks,” says Crosbie, going on »»»
NB The best thing to do with respect to patents is to publish your patentable work in order to establish it as prior art, i.e. unless some blighter has already patented it. This helps defend yourself should you ever have a thriving business based upon your ideas (or those you assumed were ancient or unpatentable).
Unfortunately, patent battles are not really won based on merit but on size of litigation budget.
I suggest the alternative strategy to hiring lawyers (or building up a patent portfolio) is to ensure you are always so nimble you can dodge any patent claim levelled against you.
Other techniques are also available, Crosbie points out, such as —-
—- “enabling your customers to infringe any patents where you cannot”.
It’s, “difficult for trolls to prosecute a million users,” he 0bserves.
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