Category Archives: Intellectual Monopoly Privileges

Let’s have another World War!

Sometimes, it feels like 1910 all over again. Then, a confident Germany was the up-and-coming industrial power house, fearing an even more up-and-coming Russia, with the UK and France desperately holding on to their colonial empires. Now, a confident China … Continue reading

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Information and the structure of institutions: W. H. Hutt edition

Fredrick Hayek was onto something fundamental in stressing the centrality of information flow to economic functioning. But because his consuming passion was on the (undoubted) evils of Soviet-style central planning, ‘the market’ always figured as the deus ex machina, a kind of all-purpose get out of jail card for solving … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Information, Innovation, Intellectual Monopoly Privileges | 11 Comments

Hoisted from comments: Copyright, the Google Settlement and torching the second library of Alexandria

One of the privileges of access to what we cool kids call the “back end” of Troppo is that when I write a long, long comment, in an old thread that has taken a new direction, I can make it … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, Intellectual Monopoly Privileges, Intellectual Property, IT and Internet, Political theory | 54 Comments

The free rider problem – and opportunity: you heard it first at Troppo

Well I’ve been going on and on about it, but here’s an academic paper contrasting the free rider problem and opportunity. Knowledge Properties and Economic Policy: A New Look By Antonelli, Cristiano (University of Turin) This paper explores the full range of … Continue reading

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Getting beyond woeful: my submission to the PC’s inquiry on Intellectual Property

From a quick squiz at their report, the PC seems to have done an excellent job on the question of IP. It didn’t put too much effort distorting its recommendations to somehow second guess what was politically palatable and just … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Innovation, Intellectual Monopoly Privileges, Intellectual Property | 10 Comments

Keeping intellectual property safe from Mickey Mouse diplomacy

Here’s my column from today’s SMH, Age and Brisbane Times. WHAT are Australia’s strategic interests when negotiating with other countries on the extent of intellectual property (IP) rights – for instance, the duration and strength of patents and copyright? It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Intellectual Monopoly Privileges, Intellectual Property | 6 Comments

High Court to copyright industries: why not lower your prices?

Introducing Ellen Broad: Hello Troppodillians.  As some of you know, I am the patron of the Australian Digital Alliance which, broadly speaking, represents users of copyright protected products. Its members include Google, Yahoo!, each of the national cultural institutions, libraries, … Continue reading

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