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Chris Hollander

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SOPA wants to modernize penal and enforcement policies, should we also modernize definition of Intellectual Property?

Anyone who has used any form of creative software has at some time utilized templates, loops, backgrounds, fonts or any number of preconceived designs in the process of generating their own work. Under our current standards these designs are considered intellectual property the same as the more traditional forms; books, music, movies ect. Typically, a company like Microsoft will allow use of the Helvetica font under its licensing of its product, Word, but does the nature of the explosion of reuse and reformation of designs to create entirely new and imaginative expressions demand rethinking of how we determine the value and definition of digital intellectual property?

Are there other areas of Copyright law that need similar scrutiny ?
(GMOs, Life Patents, Trademarks ect.)

Can the argument be made that we have outgrown Copyright law as a society?


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  • Feb 17 2012: The whole idea of quoting property law which predates the information age is ludicrous.

    And @ Kriztian: Do you make money selling information or ideas? How would you like it if your boss only paid you if he felt like it? Software makes and filmmakers have buyers/viewers as their true "boss".

    Indie films used to rent the same gear that big Hollywood films did (35mm and 16mm film - Black Swan was shot on 16mm - it's arguably better than the best digital camera out there). Now it's cheaper to buy, so some people own things like cameras, but still it's mainly a rental game. At any rate, a video camera, even if it costs $5 and is full hd, does not give you actors, sets, lights etc. How do you pay for those? How do you pay for the time to learn your craft well? It takes years to learn the craft of storytelling and directing beyond the high school play level of most garage projects on Vimeo. Who will invest those years of they know there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just $0 "sharing"? Have you ever tried to actually sit through a 90 minute amateur film?

    It's amazing, I'll bet you all call yourselves intellectuals, and yet their is only one, monolithic, ultra-conformist groupthink here.
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      Feb 17 2012: i'm in contractual relationship with my boss. he pays me as we agreed beforehand. i'm not in any agreement with a filmmaker. i can be, if i buy a DVD from them. but until that point, i'm in no legal relation with them. and as long as i don't touch their stuff, i expect them to also not touch my stuff.

      how do they make money to create good movies? i don't care. it is their problem. ethics first, practical considerations later.

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