Software Patents in the EU (4 tags)
Ed Griffith-Jones and Tom Chance describe the state of software patents in the European Union and argue that software patents do not lead to increased productivity and do not benefit society. In short, they think that software patents are a bad idea. What do you think? Weigh in with your opinions via the Talkback at the end of the article.
Remixing Culture: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig (4 tags)
What do you get when you mix P2P, inexpensive digital input devices, open source software, easy editing tools, and reasonably affordable bandwidth? Potentially, you get what Lawrence Lessig calls remix culture. He explains in this extensive interview. The concept of remixing culture is the topic of his keynote as well, at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference (March 14-17 in San Diego).
Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution (4 tags)
As he follows the business world of movies and music, Tim O'Reilly draws upon his own publishing experience and comments on the current controversy over digital file sharing.
U.S. Patent Reform Bill: An Interview with Mark Webbink (2 tags)
Richard Koman talks with Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel for intellectual property at Red Hat, about the state of patents, the patents commons idea, and the patent reform legislation working its way through Congress.