Copyright Gone Too Far…

Copyright Gone Too Far...

With the SOPA Black Out behind us, it amazed me how much I rely on Wikipedia as it just never dawned upon me, however my point is that with any luck people got the message, so the people who are elected to represent us, “us” the people of the Unites States of America and not the liberal Media Companies which bank rolled their campaign war chests.

As my point here is we’ve gone too far with copyright and patent laws as while we require both, things are out of hand now.  The idea of both was to protect unique ideas and innovations to foster the willingness of people and companies to invest in creating them.  This “protection” was initially intended for a limited scope and defined a “reasonable” amount of time before entering the “public domain” to be owned as well as enjoyed without financial impediment or limit.

Now let me say this, cut me and I will bleed capitalism, so this isn’t a socialist thing as by the nature of “capitalism” it should be open as competition is key to capitalistic success.  When we limit the availability to open access of knowledge, then we are limiting competition.  Remember that in the days of old (pre-Internet) is when these [laws] were crafted meaning they are a bit long in the tooth.

It’s also worth noting we can’t do away all together with the protection of intellectual Property where everyone and their brother can set up a “Pirate Bay” site.  However the economic and distribution models need to change as we are now operating in a global economy and the rules of the road in these faraway lands are different than our and our elected officials are that silly to think they are change this with a simple rote swipe of the pen, if this where the case, then they should pass a bill which bans world hunger as they would have more success in that.

As the only thing SOPA will do is form an Oligarchy here, where the few will control what the many have access to as we are headed to a slippery place in the new world where while information wants to be free, it in fact costs a lot and someone has to pay the piper.  As in the old days, yesterday’s news was still worth something as a day old paper still had value; magazines were handed down, etc.  However in today’s world where electrons comprise the manifestation of our information instead of pigmented inks.  They are however are shackled at the ankles by pay-walls which  much like the scenario of Logan’s Run gives it all information only a limited time to live…

Slings and Arrows…

Something so simple, yet so patent-able...

Well we won’t wax so much about the later as in arrows, as its the sling which has my interest today as hey!  We all know what a sling is as well as the action of “slinging” right?  Assuredly as a kid you would sling something over your shoulder, maybe a backpack, a BB gun or even a camera as it’s just a natural action, no biggie right?

Well guess what, you’re violating a US patent in doing this as a maker of a camera strap has been recently awarded a patent for this so guess what you won’t be seeing a lot anymore?  If you guessed camera slings your right as they just put everyone else out of business.

Also don’t get me wrong, as protecting ones investment in R&D is a reasonable ask, yet the discovery or implementation must be unique.  Otherwise it is considered “prior art” and not subject to patent protection, so how could something like happen where there is clearly prior art in place?  Well if you find out please let me know too as this is just plain crazy, yet this is a good example of the failing of the entire patent system which I have an issue with.

As for economic growth to take place, one has to be able to perform an “economic activity” which creates “value” such as in manufacturing camera slings.  Second, since we operate in a capitalistic market place, competition is key to control price and drive affordability.  It is here that the current patent laws which are undermining our ability to grow our economy as it has grown to broad in nature and in power.  As just think of the commercial power which is wheeled by the US Patent Office, as while it may appear to be an obscure governmental organization.  It in fact has the power to make or break the US Economy as well as that for most of the free world.

As please keep in mind this is only one example of the failures of the system, and its also worth keeping in mind that “averaging” doesn’t apply as in most cases where for each failure, one missed equals out.  As the original intent of the patent system was never to create monopolies, instead it was to encourage investment and growth.  However in its current state, if there is one thing Mr. Obama could do to spur “job growth”, it would be to force an over haul of the current patent system stricter rules, as well as liberalizing the basis and application of prior art, as it can’t get any simpler then this…

Slings and Arrows…

Something so simple, yet so patent-able...

Well we won’t wax so much about the later as in arrows, as its the sling which has my interest today as hey!  We all know what a sling is as well as the action of “slinging” right?  Assuredly as a kid you would sling something over your shoulder, maybe a backpack, a BB gun or even a camera as it’s just a natural action, no biggie right?

Well guess what, you’re violating a US patent in doing this as a maker of a camera strap has been recently awarded a patent for this so guess what you won’t be seeing a lot anymore?  If you guessed camera slings your right as they just put everyone else out of business.

Also don’t get me wrong, as protecting ones investment in R&D is a reasonable ask, yet the discovery or implementation must be unique.  Otherwise it is considered “prior art” and not subject to patent protection, so how could something like happen where there is clearly prior art in place?  Well if you find out please let me know too as this is just plain crazy, yet this is a good example of the failing of the entire patent system which I have an issue with.

As for economic growth to take place, one has to be able to perform an “economic activity” which creates “value” such as in manufacturing camera slings.  Second, since we operate in a capitalistic market place, competition is key to control price and drive affordability.  It is here that the current patent laws which are undermining our ability to grow our economy as it has grown to broad in nature and in power.  As just think of the commercial power which is wheeled by the US Patent Office, as while it may appear to be an obscure governmental organization.  It in fact has the power to make or break the US Economy as well as that for most of the free world.

As please keep in mind this is only one example of the failures of the system, and its also worth keeping in mind that “averaging” doesn’t apply as in most cases where for each failure, one missed equals out.  As the original intent of the patent system was never to create monopolies, instead it was to encourage investment and growth.  However in its current state, if there is one thing Mr. Obama could do to spur “job growth”, it would be to force an over haul of the current patent system stricter rules, as well as liberalizing the basis and application of prior art, as it can’t get any simpler then this…