The Economics Book Festival in Trento:
[Posted at 06/08/2010 06:13 AM by David K. Levine]
Against Intellectual Monopoly:
Michele's and my book about copyrights and patents from Cambridge University Press is out. You can order it on Amazon or the publisher Cambridge University Press It will remain available online. We argue that the only solution to the problem of intellectual monopoly is to get rid of it entirely.
[Posted at 07/11/2008 02:20 PM by David K. Levine]
Against Intellectual Monopoly:
Against Intellectual Monopoly Michele's and my book about copyrights and patents from Cambridge University Press is available for pre-order from Amazon. It will remain available online. We argue that the only solution to the problem of intellectual monopoly is to get rid of it entirely.
[Posted at 06/09/2008 09:23 AM by David K. Levine]
Ted Bergstrom is at it again: this time he's shining the light of transparency on textbook prices. Take a look.
[Posted at 04/03/2008 01:44 PM by David K. Levine]
Wikipedia: "The Free
Encyclopedia" and ambitious and well linked project to develop
on online encylopedia. Be warned - this is one of the slowest websites
I've every encountered.
The Wayback Machine:
a remarkable creation - an indexed collection of snapshots of
the entire web starting in 1996. Run by a non-profit
corporation specifically formed to archive the web, and funded
by several major foundations and individual contributions.
a project by the EFF (see above) and the Harvard, Stanford,
Berkeley and University of San Francisco Law Schools to analyze
"cease and desist" letters often sent by lawyers in an
effort to intimidate individuals and organizations into
removing material from the web. Note that in addition to
consulting with this website, you may wish to take other actions such
as filing a complaint with a bar association
against lawyers who attempt to blackmail you under cover of law.
"When I first started the Obscure Patent of the Week back on
January 31, 2003, I really wondered whether I would be able to
come up with a different one every week. Having done this now
for almost 5 months I can say with confidence that I will never
run out of obscure patents to report. I suspect I could even do
an Obscure Patent of the Day and never run out of craziness
eminanting from the Patent Office"
The white (as in hat) market
baen.com: A small-scale
publisher of science fiction, and the only successful
commercial ebook publisher; also the only ebook
publisher that publishes without encryption. Funny how people don't
mind spending money for a good
Publishes some encrypted and some unencrypted ebooks. The only
ebook publisher to have any success besides Baen...I checked
their list of the 25 best selling titles over the last
6 months on May 27, 2002. None of the best-sellers were
encrypted. Apparently encryption serves the purpose of
protecting intellectual property...as would book burning.
Almost all daily comic strips now publish in
real-time for free, supported by advertising. Strangely they
don't encrypt their material, and there is no widespread
piracy...Search the name of your favorite strip on google.
Most major newspapers and television networks also
publish the news in real-time for free, supported by
advertising. Rather than encrypt the content you are encouraged
to email a copy to a friend.
The grey market
gnutella network: music, ebooks, software and even
some video. Several software clients are available - limewire is among the best.
of the Morpheus peer-to-peer network. Similar to gnutella, but
quickly becoming more popular.
videolan: "a project
of students from the Ã‰cole Centrale Paris" in which
they attempt to free the DVDs.
need a key to unlock a defunct software program? Try
gnutella, or, keeping in mind that "warez" is the common
term for "illegal" software, go to google and try a search
string like "shareware key warez".