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Excellent article Simon, According to me, The greatest danger in the forfeiture of intellectual property is that the truly innovative people with great ideas are not valued..
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Well, I guess they did realize it, but they certainly didn't act on it. Why else would they let Netflix run away with their business.

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Excellent points, Simon. Blockbuster is (or was) a good example too. They've been protecting tapes and discs for years, when they should have realized that people buy movies. Well, I guess they did realize it, but they certainly didn't act on it. Why else would they let Netflix run away with their business.

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For those who actually own intellectual property, the format in which consumers receive it really isn't the same thing as telling them to not protect their property.

What do you suggest, all music, movies, art, books, technology and other intellectual property just be given away for free? That won't work.

Even with your book, you only wanted to give it away for 1 week. Then what? What if I copied that book, removed your name, put my name on it and sold it as my own?

See the problem?

Piracy is more complex than this.

Just as I'm sure you do not speak for free at all of your events, those who create can not be expected to simply give their art away, as it often costs money to create that art. And most of all, everyone has to eat.

And while there have been some success stories, such as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead giving their latest material away, allowing their fans to pay what they want, if at all, generally speaking this does not work on a grand scale, rather only as exceptions.

As a society we can't simply have everything for free simply because we don't want to pay for things. Where would that end?

The internet has conditioned people to get everything for free, from software to e-books to music to skin flicks. Pandora's box has been opened.

Kodak simply protected a format of delivery, not intellectual property itself. They did not sue everyone who created film.

While I don't have a solution, I know it is not what is suggested in this article. It is not that easy.

Since you mentioned that people buy holes and not drills, I will leave you with this question...

What do you do when someone steals your holes?

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I completely agree with companies that don't adapt, but there can be a downside , for instance many mp3's have crappy sound quality, video clips on youtube are so garbled and compressed, a dvd video looks like heaven compared to an HD video. Of course this isn't anti-technology it just creates a niche, similar to the CRT monitor which looks better than LCD or LCOS which is ending which was much cheaper and just as great as plasma by thousands of dollars.

The music industry however does not learn its lesson in fact, look at dvd-audio , its supposed to be copy protected which is true but it is a failure because its not widely adopted due to limiations, and the need to run analog outputs, embrace superior technology but don't try to "protect" all the time.

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I posted the article because I felt a good discussion about it was called for. As you will note at the intro, I cut out several paragraphs that I felt were over the top and not substantiated, and some images that were not originals and could not be sourced.

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Another great article, Simon!

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Good post Simon. I remember reading this quote when I was a very little girl, "if you love something set it free..." for some reason it stuck with me (dunno know why, probably puppy love or something)Whatever the case, I have learned that holding on tightly to something doesnt allow it to breathe, express or live.

BTW, I am so happy that I found you! Learning or re-learning "the why" is an important life lesson.

Emily Lutzker

Great post, Simon! What you've touched on falls into a much bigger discussion surrounding intellectual property and the products produced from it. Kodak's downfall is that they forgot their "why" (to use your term) and focused on the "what." The greatest danger in the forfeiture of intellectual property is that the truly innovative people with great ideas are not valued, encouraged, or rewarded for their independent thinking. Great innovative ideas should be protected -- but maybe we need to call it something different than "property" in the future. I don't have any suggestions, but what I do know is that the stuff we humans dare to dream and make should only be viewed as a real commodity and treasure and treated as such.

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Excellent points, Simon. Blockbuster is (or was) a good example too. They've been protecting tapes and discs for years, when they should have realized that people buy movies. Well, I guess they did realize it, but they certainly didn't act on it. Why else would they let Netflix run away with their business.

Back to Kodak, who may be starting to finally grasp it. I recently bought a Kodak Zi8 and it has literally doubled the amount of video footage in our family tenfold. Imagine - they could have done that ten or twenty years ago.

By the way, "unprotecting" your intellectual property is also relevant when it comes to your employees. I was struck by the similarity in headlines of a post I wrote about a year ago: "Don’t protect your intellectual property" http://olekassow.com/2009/08/25/dont-protect-your-intellectual-property/. There's no point in holding onto your diamonds :-)

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