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VIDEO: WHY OUR PATENT, COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS ARE ALL WRONG

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Our intellectual property laws, meant to help protect inventors and innovators, are a complete mess. Nowhere is that more true than in music, where illegal copying of others’ works enabled by the Internet — piracy — is threatening to bring a whole segment of the industry down.

But what IS intellectual property? What does it mean to OWN an IDEA? And how has this concept gone so horribly off-track in the modern age? Watch this brilliant video from Kirby Ferguson’s Everything Is a Remix series on how intellectual property laws have been hijacked by modern corporate culture and litigation. Kinda reminds me of the some of the questions MS columnist / God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle was asking in a column he wrote immediately following the raging Spotify/streaming debate on this site.

-VN

[via Gizmodo]

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