Fixing IP laws, part 2 - Copyright and the Public Domain

Series links:

  • Part 1 - Introduction
  • Part 2 - Copyright and the Public Domain (This page!)
  • Part 3 - Copyright and Technology
  • Part 4 - Positioning Copyright
  • Part 5 - Policing Patents
  • Part 6 - Closing Comments

What is the public domain?

The Public Domain is where works that aren't subject to intellectual property laws go.

Fixing IP laws, part 1 - Introduction

For a couple of years now, I've been more and more disappointed with the way the world's IP laws have been trending. I believe that they are moving away from their original intentions in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways, and that this is increasingly rendering them unfit for purpose.

So I thought I'd write a series of short articles in which I take a positive stance, and say how we can improve them.

Structure

Here's the rough outline of what to expect - links will be provided as each one is written:

SOPA, PIPA, and DEA and the rest...

On Wednesday the 18th, Wikipedia is going dark globally to protest against the latest ham-fisted intellectual property laws.

I've put a banner up for the duration, so every page on this website will have an anti-SOPA statement. I don't see a need for a full blackout - and I don't want to turn away those that may need vCardSplit, which accounts for most of my visits.

But I do see a need to protest.

 

Tower Bridge at Sunrise

I went into London before sunrise, looking for good photos.

(Which sounds impressive, but it was December 29th, and sunrise was about 8am!)

Knowing that the sun rises behind Tower Bridge, I smelled an easy photo opportunity. But woe is me - I can't decide which one I like better!

Time to make some choices about vCardSplit

vCardSplit has now been in the wild unchanged for almost seven years.

During all that time, it has collected three bug reports.

  1. It doesn't handle Mac/UNIX file formats
  2. It doesn't handle unicode
  3. It requires a geeky user

It's time to tackle that list.

But that means making decisions. So I've decided to write up those decisions, in order to help me work them out and to keep development of the program somewhat transparent.

 

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