Thoughts on Intellectual Property

I’m giving a presentation today on the use of technology in the church, and one of the things I hope to talk about is the use of copyright. I really wanted to include this fantastic video in the talk but it is just too long to justify it. However, I’m posting it here because (a) it’s really cool, and (b) it illustrates why copyright is a bad idea using an industry you totally would not expect – fashion!

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Dr. Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology.
  • Anonymous

    Wonderful presentation with great ideas.

  • http://twitter.com/eolsencreative Eric Olsen

    love it, Norman. Although, this particular argument relies heavily on the idea of copyright being unnecessary for non-commodities. And digital content is, by definition, a pure commodity.

  • http://twitter.com/eolsencreative Eric Olsen

    love it, Norman. Although, this particular argument relies heavily on the idea of copyright being unnecessary for non-commodities. And digital content is, by definition, a pure commodity.

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    Eric, I’m not exactly sure what you mean here. It seems like she is saying
    that for a commodity product, such as clothing, IP actually inhibits
    innovation and profit. She surmises that in the realm of the arts that
    maybe, just maybe, there could be an analogous loss of innovation, beauty,
    and profit due to the presence of IP. I already think that is a true
    statement, but this is an interesting demonstration for how low IP
    industries actually are better for everyone — producer and consumer.

  • http://twitter.com/eolsencreative Eric Olsen

    but, I think her argument was partly based on her defense of clothing NOT being a commodity, not REALLY at least.