Tuesday, March 7


To pick up on an earlier post and some subsequent discussion, I think I see three priorities with regard to IP law. I'll use the first person plural in the highly restrictive sense of "me and people who feel pretty much like I do".

First, we should work to increase the overall breadth and depth of the public domain. This includes efforts to create more free content - and just as importantly, to release more existing content.

Secondly, we should work to subvert existing intellectual property laws as much as possible, and use their provisions to achieve effects precisely contrary to their industrially designed intent. I think GPL and Creative Commons style licensing falls under this heading, though it clearly overlaps in intent with "increase the public domain".

Thirdly, we should attempt to create an attack-resistant infrastructure for directly subverting an intolerable legal regime.