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Theodore Kloba
Posted over 1 year ago
An Internet-based music label
The commerce (distribution/payment) function of a record label is almost trivial. I would recommend listening to (or reading the transcript of) Pete Townshend's 2011 John Peel Lecture, http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/nov/01/pete-townshend-john-peel-lecture Most relevant to this discussion is his list of things labels have traditionally done.
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Theodore Kloba
Posted about 4 years ago
Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture
It's only copyright that doesn't apply to utilitarian items. Utility is actually a requirement (not surprisingly) for utility patents-- but there is a requirement for novelty in the functional aspects. Design patents can be obtained for the non-functional/decorative aspects of a utilitarian object. They're used extensively in industrial design.
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Theodore Kloba
Posted about 4 years ago
Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture
It's a shame so many commenters were fooled by the useless graph. Gross sales across such disparate industries tells me nothing. Note also that the big winners (Fashion, food, automobiles, furniture) are those industries where you couldn't possibly distribute product as anything but a physical object! Otherwise, it was an interesting talk. The situation in software is really quite like fashion: Microsoft and Apple are the luxury brands. Open-source knocks off the features, but not the copyrightable aspects. The comparison is less apt with music, Charlie Parker notwithstanding. There seems to be a conflation of the concepts of piracy and influence. Few musicians or composers invoke copyright to prevent works that are stylistically influenced by theirs, because it leads the curious right back to them. They (or their publishers) do invoke it to prevent outright copy of actual recordings just as retailers prosecute shoplifters! Is planned obsolescence of goods sustainable?