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Creators Don’t Get to Choose Which Business Model Works

As it becomes harder and harder to attack the logic of the CwF+RtB business model, I’ve seen a lot more people reaching for a kind of compromise or balance option. It goes something like, “Okay,…Continue readingCreators Don’t Get to Choose Which Business Model Works

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Seeing Past the Banner Ad

Crosbie Fitch added some good insights in response to my previous post about web advertising, noting that the internet is returning balance to communication, changing effective advertising strategies from monologues to dialogues. In addition to…Continue readingSeeing Past the Banner Ad

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Ad Blocking Is Here to Stay

This has been discussed at some length before, but with yet another one of my favorite websites featuring a columnist adding their voice to the fracas, I thought it was worth revisiting. Like Ars Technica…Continue readingAd Blocking Is Here to Stay

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Missing the Point of the GPL

Michael Martin of Pro Blog Design seems like a swell chap, but his recent post on applying the GPL to premium WordPress themes exemplifies the kind of erroneous thinking I frequently find in the creative…Continue readingMissing the Point of the GPL

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Heaven is Socialist

It might ruffle some feathers, but the more I think about it, the less I understand how a “Christian Right” can exist in politics without serious cognitive dissonance. In the all the seething furor against…Continue readingHeaven is Socialist

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I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property

Despite the attempts to elevate it to something tantamount to actual items, so-called “intellectual property” occupies the Land of Make-Believe along with unicorns and elves. Yet the very suggestion that the monopoly privileges associated with…Continue readingI Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property

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Conventional Foolery

Ever since Ubisoft decided that forcing users to constantly “phone home” over the internet was a great way to stop unauthorized sharing of their games, the tired old DRM debate has been experiencing yet another…Continue readingConventional Foolery

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Bennet Lincoff’s Proposal Has a Familiar Stink

The Bennet Lincoff proposal has been getting a decent bit of play from the “copyright compromise” crowd, and advocates replacing copyright with a renamed “digital transmission right” that covers how digital files are used online.…Continue readingBennet Lincoff’s Proposal Has a Familiar Stink