Category Archives: Intellectual Property

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

Upcoming event- The 2014 Francis Gurry lecture: “IP in Transition: desperately seeking the Big Picture”

  The lecture will be delivered (in Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane) by Jeremy Phillips. Jeremy (or more exactly a fictional and “notorious” cat: the IPKat) has three times, been named as one of IP’s  “Fifty Most Influential People “. The … Continue reading

Posted in Information, Intellectual Property, IT and Internet, Law, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Artists Resale Royalties: on bullshit, part three

Australia’s Artists Resale Royalty (ARR ) scheme has so far cost taxpayers $2.2 million in direct support. And over many years the publicly funded lobbyists for this scheme, headed up by the National Association for the Visual Arts  Ltd, have … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Architecture, Economics and public policy, Intellectual Property, Politics - national, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Sovereign Borders, not so Sovereign Nation II: a Nice Little Constitutional Conundrum

In my last post on Troppo I raised this question: …who’s actually running [Australia’s] foreign policy these days? Is it Julie Bishop, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, is it Scott Morrison as Minister for Immigration or is it some other … Continue reading

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Copyright and Fair Use.

In his introduction to his translation of the Analects of Confucius, Pierre Ryckmans likened that ‘literary classic’ to a coat hook that has over the centuries acquired so many layers of coats that it can no longer be seen-has become … Continue reading

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The review of the Artist Resale Royalty Scheme : Part IV

Jon Altman is a Professor at the ANU Center for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. His submission to the review is long and deeply grounded in long-term, first-hand knowledge of the indigenous art sector and remote area indigenous affairs more generally.  … Continue reading

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Tendentiousness 101: or being wrong while using the body language of being right (copyright edition)

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) is one of our more rapacious copyright maximalist organisations. It is a nice illustration of why things that sound like nice ideas don’t always work out. CAL was dreamt up when it was thought that photocopiers … Continue reading

Posted in Intellectual Property, Philosophy, Political theory | 9 Comments