Tuesday, 27 May 2003
My answer to this is the same as my answer to the media issue. The way to win is to make your customers your partners. Give them an incentive to generate sales for you, and they dynamic changes. mediAgora's Promoter model would work very well for shareware, and the derivative works model could work well for software libraries, with applications that incorporate the libraries being rewarded for incremental sales.
He expresses the same sense of awe that I did in 'I can read people's thoughts', but extends it to film and music too.
He also eloquently points to the need for a new model for media once it becomes malleable by any viewer, which is what I have proposed over at mediAgora .
Saturday, 17 May 2003
The idea is a simple one: Fifty years after a work has been published, the copyright owner must pay a $1 comment maintanence fee. If the copyright owner pays the fee, then the copyright continues. If the owner fails to pay the fee, the work passes into the public domain. Based on historical precedent, we expect 98% of copyrighted works would pass into the public domain after just 50 years. They could keep Mickey for as long as Congress lets them. But we would get a public domain.
A step in the right direction. Even better if the fee doubles every year thereafter, but that can come as an amendment later.
Tuesday, 13 May 2003
In reality, our legal system usually leaves us wiggle room. What's fair in one case won't be in another - and only human judgment can discern the difference. As we write the rules of use into software and hardware, we are also rewriting the rules we live by as a society, without anyone first bothering to ask if that's OK.
Wednesday, 7 May 2003
Don't annoy customers too much. Make it very easy to do the desired, legitimate thing, and awkward to do the undesired thing, but don't waste too much effort trying to make it impossible, as leeway is important.
The second is Mohammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. He should be give the task fo setting up the Iraqi Oil trust.