Attorney General Michael Mukasey claims that terrorists sell pirated software as a way to finance their operations, without presenting a shred of evidence for his case. He's doing it to push through a controversial piece of legislation that's bad for you.

But the US comes in for its share of IP-related criticism from other countries both small and large, too. When it happens, though, we're not nearly so quick to change our ways.

The pirates weren't customers, they might never be customers, so spending money to try to stop them serves no purpose.

It's become common language to call it intellectual property, but that leads to various problems -- most notably the idea that it's just like regular property.

Sooner or later, Congress will have to do for the copyright system what it did for property rights in the 19th century: change the law to bring it back into line with peoples' moral intuitions.

Copyrightsidan.se är en oberoende webbplats för information om upphovsrätt / copyright inom bild, musik och annan media. Sidan är helt oberoende av producenter, upphovsmän, utövare och konsumenter eller deras organisationer.

I think Creative Commons has its heart in the right place, because it promotes a climate of sharing. But no system is 100 percent foolproof. Unless you can negotiate every possible scenario for how and where your image will be used, the only sure way to keep protected may just be to not post anything live anymore.

Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.

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