[LINK] Tim O'Reilly on SOPA/PIPA: Solving The Wrong Problem
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Jan 18 14:00:33 EST 2012
On 18/01/2012 8:58 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> In the entire discussion, I've seen no discussion of credible evidence of this economic harm. There's no question in my mind that piracy exists, that people around the world are enjoying creative content without paying for it, and even that some criminals are profiting by redistributing it. But is there actual economic harm?
Leaving aside for the moment the question of whether the collection of
privileges referred to as "Intellectual Property" is so grossly
overextended that it perverts the US constitution, I'm prepared to grant
that there may be _some_ value in it. The problem seems to be that the
privileged have sold the US legislature on the notion that it's
all-important. The consequence is well known: baby out with bathwater.
I'd wager that any rigorous scientific analysis would show no or
negligible economic impact from so-called "Piracy". In fact, it would
probably show that "Intellectual Property" has negative impacts. Of
course, any attempt at such analysis would immediately attract
manipulation to the point that nobody would recognise the question, let
alone trust the answers.
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