The Pot Calling the Kettle Grey

Universal is suing a porn company:

The copyright owner of the mega-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Universal Studios, which owns movie rights, aren’t happy with a porn film titled Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation.

In the new lawsuit, Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal point to that quote as proof of . . . → Read More: The Pot Calling the Kettle Grey

Greg Mankiw: Ignoramus or Liar?

How else to explain this nonsense:

The anti-SOPA crowd argues that this is a matter of basic liberty. But it’s not. In a free society, you don’t have the freedom to steal your neighbor’s property. And that should include intellectual property. Moreover, it is the function of the state to enforce those rights. We . . . → Read More: Greg Mankiw: Ignoramus or Liar?

Not Much

Chris Sprigman asks how much piracy hurts the economy:

Supporters of stronger intellectual property enforcement — such as those behind the proposed new Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills in Congress — argue that online piracy is a huge problem, one which costs the U.S. economy between $200 and . . . → Read More: Not Much

More Insanity

This is just nuts:

Ima Fish alerts us to the appeals court ruling which upheld the lower court and seems to endorse the creation of a wholly made up new form of intellectual property right that has no basis in the law. The court clearly says that this is not a copyright case, so . . . → Read More: More Insanity

The Insanity of IP

Stephan Kinsella details just how much trouble one can get into because of IP laws. Please note that this doesn’t even include file-sharing:

In his paper Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap, law professor John Tehranian explains how the normal activities (see pp. 543-48) of a typical Internet user–he takes an “average . . . → Read More: The Insanity of IP

Copyright Versus Technology


Consumers are watching as many – if not more – films than ever for less money and time than ever, for a third of the cost. The money that had been spent on (now unneeded) overheads can go on other things. Be sure to avoid the broken window fallacy – the saved money . . . → Read More: Copyright Versus Technology

A Decent Half-Measure

Sam Bowman proposes some IP reform:

What would evidence-driven copyright law look like? (I won’t discuss patents here, although this argument should roughly apply to patents as well as copyright.) The length should be determined by looking at earnings distributions for things like music and books, and cut the copyright protection period to only . . . → Read More: A Decent Half-Measure

Interesting Readings for September 17, 2010

South Asia’s Geography of Conflict by Robert D. Kaplan.

A big black eye for India’s attempt at being a democracy. Also see Devangshu Datta in the Business Standard on this.

Interesting survey evidence in the India Today about how voters are starting to see the UPA differently. Focus on the graph in there. . . . → Read More: Interesting Readings for September 17, 2010