Lessig Mixes it Up | The Illusion Of More

David Newhoff at The Illusion Of More challenges Lawrence Lessig’s “Laws That Choke Creativity.” So, as a legal layman but active observer of these things, it seems to me Mr. Lessig’s presentation, though charming, contains at least two fallacious premises.  The first is that the positive aspects of remix culture are actually threatened by the… Continue reading Lessig Mixes it Up | The Illusion Of More

Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime – Complete Series

Chris Castle suggests “Five Things Congress Can Do For Creators…” in three different areas in this series. Essential reading for all musicians and songwriters for an understanding of the forces and legislation that shape your ability to make a living. 1) Five Things Congress Could Do For Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost the Taxpayer a… Continue reading Five Things Congress Could Do for Music Creators That Wouldn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime – Complete Series

Why Copyright is a Right and Fair Use is a Privilege | Law Theories

In this post, I’ll explain why copyright opponents have it exactly backwards when they claim that copyright is a privilege and fair use is a right. At the outset, I note that these terms can have various, nontechnical meanings that possibly overlap. For example, Black’s Law Dictionary defines “right” to mean, inter alia, a “privilege,”… Continue reading Why Copyright is a Right and Fair Use is a Privilege | Law Theories

Steal a Little: Piracy & the Economy via The Illusion Of More

I’ve wanted a sailing yacht for years but have never been able to afford one — until now. Thanks in part to a report on piracy and counterfeiting by the GAO and this explication by CCIA (Computer & Communications Industry Association) lobbyist Matt Schruers, I now have a plan that will put me at the… Continue reading Steal a Little: Piracy & the Economy via The Illusion Of More

Repeat after me… “Artists are Innovators!” via VOX INDIE

Testimony from copyright hearing highlights what’s at stake for content creators On Thursday (July 25th) the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another hearing on copyright reform, “Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights,” with the following witness invited to testify: Sandra Aistars, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director,… Continue reading Repeat after me… “Artists are Innovators!” via VOX INDIE