Intellectual Property and protection versus opportunity
Intellectual Property, Copyright and the violation thereof are often seen as huge threats to business. RedHat's Bob Young tells us that where kids share music for free on Kazaa, iTunes’ Steve Jobs saw the opportunity to sell the same music at a cheap price in return for good service – more free material, wider selections, excellent search…
Copyright has to have an end-date. In the US Disney managed to push through almost unchecked that copyright will last 100 years. In the UK, EMI’s future is in the balance as courts ruled their Beatles catalogue will be up for public consumption, arranging and copying at the end of 50 years – that’s coming very soon.
Our wonderfully glizzy social networks are not new. Bob Young was selling his Linux toolsets through mailing lists of enthusiastic networking passionate people. It’s only natural that this went onto the web when the web came around, but it’s not one guy’s idea.
“I got you babe” was built not on the inspiration of one man, but on the basis of years and years of music from Mozart to tribal music which merged and created rock and roll. There is no ‘new’ thought per se. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
So the next time someone says their thoughts, ideas or practices are copyright, private, unique – just ask yourself the question, “on whose shoulders did they build it”?