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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Challenged with Broader Impact in Mind

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Challenged with Broader Impact in Mind
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 01:11:29 +0000
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Filesharing is good for social welfare

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| Does filesharing reduce profits of the 
| music industry? This paper claims so, and 
| that should not be that much of a surprise. 
| However, it also argues that filesharing is 
| welfare improving because it leads to more 
| competition and thus lower prices. 
| Remember, ultimately it is the consumer 
| that counts when computing a surplus, not 
| just music industry profits.


Digital Publications May Be A Hard Sell 

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| Five of the largest U.S. newspaper and 
| magazine publishers have announced plans to 
| develop a new digital e-reader format that 
| would meld the visual esthetics of print 
| with the rich capabilities of online media, 
| including video, social networking, touch 
| input, and games. A joint venture of 
| publishing powerhouses Time Inc., News 
| Corp., Conde Nast, Hearst Corp., and 
| Meredith Corp., the project will launch 
| next year. It's designed to offer a 
| superior user experience to current e-
| readers such as the Amazon Kindle and 
| Barnes & Noble Nook, which are fine for 
| book-reading but ill-equipped to handle 
| video, high-resolution color images, and 
| other media elements that today's Web-
| browsing readers take for granted.


Nobel Streams Laureates Over the Web in Bid to Build Brand 

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| In a break from decades of Nobel history -- 
| when laureates' lectures were available 
| only in real time to privileged attendees 
| in Oslo and Stockholm -- this year's 
| speeches are being broadcast live on the 
| Web. The offerings are part of the 
| foundation's drive to spread the Nobel 
| brand and harness long-neglected 
| intellectual-property rights.


Sarkozy to protect French literature from readers and the evils of increased relevance

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| According to the NYT, Nicolas Sarkozy said 
| that â[w]e wonât let ourselves be stripped 
| of our heritage to the benefit of a big 
| company, no matter how friendly, big or 
| American it is,â probably referring to the 
| fact that about half of the 12 million 
| books scanned by Google are not in English. 
| How exactly is cultural heritage threatened 
| by increased access? Because hundreds of 
| thousands of links to French language books 
| would be added to the 850,000 entries in 
| the French Wikipedia within weeks? Because 
| more and more people around the world would 
| read, re-read, and incorporate in their own 
| lifes, storytelling, and cultural 
| production French works? Prime Minister 
| Francois Fillon similarly said that France 
| would not accept another cultural industry 
| being âthreatened by looting.â So culture 
| is looted by access, use, and relevance? 
| What a profound misunderstaning of what 
| culture is and how it works.



Dear Mandy: complaining to Peter Mandelson through the power of song

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| What's a good way to get politicians to
| listen to your point of view? Writing
| letters? Signing petitions? Inviting them
| over for dinner in your holiday villa in
| Greece?
| Or, if none of that works - for example, if
| you don't have a villa in Greece - you
| could try singing a song at them.
| That's the approach Dan Bull has taken,
| with a musical letter to Lord Mandelson
| politely suggesting that he might like to
| reconsider his proposals to cut off the
| internet of households if they are accused
| of filesharing.

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