Over the next few days/weeks I will be posting a debate, held with myself, on digital rights management and intellectual property in the Information Age. We all know that current laws are unclear in some respects, and unenforcable in others. Should information, including music, books, and other IP, be freely distributed, or should new measures be implemented and new laws passed in order to protect the rights of authors, musicians, and other IP holders who depend on their IP for a living?
Freedom of Information Abstract:
“Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy” therefore free sharing of files containing IP (hereby refered to as IPF) is, in fact, beneficial to the creators and keeping it privatized is to steal it from the ‘commons’. Beyond this, it is impossible to properly enforce protections on IPF. Given that free distrubution of IPF doesn’t harm the artists, and will exist regardless of the state of the law, it should be legalized.
Digital Rights Management Abstract:
Piracy of IPF is theft, cutting into or eliminating the profit margins of IP originators. Law enforcement should continue to make an example of those who distribute or use pirated IPF. By offering serious consequences for any who are caught pirating IPF, and through the use of improved DRM, there is no reason piracy cannot be minimized, if not eliminated. Lastly, IP law should be clarified to eliminate potential loopholes.
If you have an opinion, an arguement, or a reference, feel free to post it in the comments or e-mail me.