Lessig asks his readers to respond to NYT editorial

Author Mark Helprin, writing in The New York Times, has proposed a “perpetual copyright.” His argument revolves around the notion that other properties, like buildings, can be owned forever. Why not intellectual works?

For me, the answer is easy, as articulated by the Constitutional Law Foundation:

Patents and copyrights are grants to the holder, by the state, of monopoly powers, for a specific period of time, for a specific reason. The goal is to provide incentive for invention and art. The balancing concern is that one can stifle endeavor, raise the price of entry to enterprise, or lock away the ‘building blocks’ of science, art and…

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Nothing changes everything

I am overly tired of the “X is dead” redundancy. I understand the enthusiasm with which those who spout “X is dead” embrace what they believe in, but communication channels rarely die because of the advent of something new, even when that new thing represents a revolutionary, paradigm-changing development. Print didn’t replace face-to-face communication, after all, and television didn’t kill radio.

I’ll bet the first person to leave a comment who’s willing to take the bet $100 (US) that I’ll be able to buy a newspaper in 10 years. (We’ll exchange contact details and I promise to get in touch in a decade.) The newspaper I’m able to buy… Read More »

Dell channels Digg to enter the world of co-creation

I have to confess that I’ve had my doubts about Digg. I love the idea of people voting on the most interesting and important stories to determine their rank, but just, who are these one-percenters who submit items and ten-percenters who vote on them? And who reads Digg at all? Certainly it’s a tiny minority of the online population, not like the readership of Wikipedia voting on the most interesting encyclopedia entries. And there has been enough chatter about people being paid to submit articles to throw Digg’s value further into doubt.

But the idea rocks, and now Dell Computers has done something with it that makes sense. Lionel… Read More »

My BlogTalk Radio appearance: 6 p.m. PST

Scott Baradell, the communicaitons pro behind the Media Orchard blog, will interview me on BlogTalkRadio this evening, 6 p.m. PST, 9 p.m. EST, 2 a.m. GMT (I don’t think Neville will be listening in).

This isn’t a podcast, mind you; it’s live and listeners can call in and ask questions. (Sounds a lot like radio, doesn’t it?) Details on how to participate and call in are here. If you’re around, listen in and give me a call!

Southwest wants my photos

As a frequenty Southwest flyer, I was among those receiving an email today announcing the redesign of the airlines’ home page. The email touted the focus on the kinds of resources and tools we, the customers, need most often, and I have to admit, it is a huge improvement. But what struck me was this:

And that’s not all! To show our personality, the new home page will feature photos taken by you, our Customers. We love bringing Customers the Freedom to Fly, and we thought it would be fun to share photos of where that Freedom has taken you. Stay tuned to find out how your photographs can be submitted in the future for publication at…

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Join Jaffe’s conversation

Using a blog to share drafts of book chapters is getting to be less and less of a renegade approach to authoring. Shel Israel and Robert Scoble got a lot of attention for it with their Naked Conversations blog. Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has announced he’ll do it for his upcoming book.

It’s a great approach, of course, producing feedback from your target audience that will help you improve the next draft and make it more relevant to prospective readers. But commenting is the limit of the blog’s utility. A wiki would let readers rewrite and add original content. Now that’s interesting.

And that’s what Joseph Jaffe… Read More »

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