Intellectual property vs. the information ecosystem

By | November 9, 2015

Oh, no – this is particularly troubling. I can understand that content owners and creators want to profit from their work. But the proposed solution of telling search engines to pay out profits to content creators, is a doubly bad idea. An initiative that needs to be stopped, and replaced with a more intelligent and more modern one. The internet information ecosystem isn’t perfect, and does need change, but destroying it completely won’t make things better.

First, it will either destroy the search engine business, or cause search engines to stop listing major publishers (causing them to cry out or at least allow relisting of their works without cost). Search engine optimization is a key marketing tool, and should be incorporated into business plans that way.

Second, it does not address the complexities that digital content creation involves: how do you deal with remixes, derivative works, and so on?

I think that what we need is an overhaul of the information ecosystem to reflect content ownership, change history, and fairly distribute profits as part of the business strategy of all parties involved, throwing current copyright ownership into the inspection mechanism and replacing it with a more up-to-date version reflecting critical issues sich as: Who is the content owner? For what purpose has the content owner shared their content? How are derivative works, and derivative contributors, fairly compensated and attributed? What exactly is being sold, and how does the service offered and user demand relate to what the contributor has contributed?

/via +Eileen O’Duffy

Julia Reda – Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink
The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink, the basic building block of the Internet as we know it. This is based on an absurd idea that just won’t die: Making search engines and news portals pay media companies for promoting their freely accessible articles.

4 thoughts on “Intellectual property vs. the information ecosystem

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    +Chris Harpner in my experience, there are good law professors over 50 who 'see the vision' and would make very valuable contributors. I'd welcome their input anytime, because with their experience, they can highlight, and help solve, challenges that techies may miss. But they aren't too many, and they don't get paid as well as the contributors backed by 'dinosaur corporations'.

  2. Brandt Hambrick

    These dinosaurs need to go away. They don't understand that search engines are what GIVES them the traffic these days. If they do this all the traffic will go to smaller players and foreign ones. People won't stop Google-ing.


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