Jun 282014
 
Our patent problems go way beyond trolls

UPDATE: More recent data documents the serious uptick in patent troll litigation. Likely still true that the patent problem goes way beyond trolls, but they are a problem nonetheless. Recent research is here. I did a Google Hangout with two intellectual property experts this week, and wrote an article to go along with it. The

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Nov 162011
 

I finally got around to this piece at The Atlantic “Why Workers Are Losing the War Against Machines”, by two MIT professors who’ve written a book on the subject. It’s a good piece focused on three disparities: 1. High-Skilled vs. Low-Skilled Workers 2. Superstars vs. Everyone Else 3. Capital vs. Labor I want to focus

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Oct 082011
 

My original post lamenting our potential “Age of the Winlevi” is here. And here’s the latest evidence: Kickstarter is a cool website that you may have heard about. Basically people with ideas can propose them on the site, and then raise funds from a distributed network of Kickstarter readers. It’s not a revolutionary concept, people

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Sep 252011
 

Last week Matt Yglesias had a great post offering his recommendations on what citizens can do to support their political preferences. He first offers the typical advice to contact your Congressional representatives. But his second suggestions is far more interesting: — Be personally annoying about your political views when they’re relevant to your interactions in

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Aug 242011
 

The Washington Post editorial board favors legislation to protect copyright holders from infringement online. Here’s how the Protect IP Act would work: The proposal would allow the Justice Department or a private rights holder to move against a rogue foreign Web site by convincing a federal judge that the site is “dedicated to” and has

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Aug 232011
 

A friend asked for my thoughts on NPR’s piece from a few weeks back on “patent trolls.” Whereas, I am fairly confident about my views on copyright, I’m much less so with respect to patents. But hopefully my response below represents at least a decent starting point for thinking about their efficacy. What follows is

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Aug 172011
 

The New York Times had a lengthy piece on a legal battle between musical artists and the recording industry. Here’s the lede: When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so

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Feb 222011
 

Photographer John Harrington has a post criticizing Lawrence Lessig’s approach to copyright and urging photographers not to give up their rights, no matter what Lessig and others might recommend. The post represents a dangerous approach to intellectual property firmly at odds with the Constitution. The Law is only The Law until we change it “Call

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Jan 082011
 
Age of the Winklevi

Vanity Fair published a piece this week on a lawsuit against the Huffington Post by two Democratic political consultants “for failing to acknowledge what they claim was their critical role in the creation of the Huffington Post”. Politico reported the story about two months ago under the headline “2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website

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