19 November 2012

The GOP Decides Not To Screw Up For Once

Marginal Revolution has a post about a position paper put out by the GOP stating that—gasp!—IP reform should be based on constitutional principles. While I think the ideal IP system would be the one that doesn’t exist, I’ll take this reform proposal over the current setup. Recognizing that IP is not actually property is a good step forward, and designing a system that decides to maximize general creativity is undoubtedly a good start since it should be obvious that encouraging creativity should lead to less restrictive copyright and patent laws, and quite possibly shorter terms for both as well as softer punishments for violations.

The RIAA won’t like this, and I suspect that they will be joined in their hatred of reform by various media producers, most notably Hollywood. But, seeing as how these groups tend to go overboard in punishing “pirates,” and also seeing as how neither the current music scene nor the current movie scene are particularly creative, a good case can be made that both the progress of the arts and sciences, and consumers, will benefit from IP reform. That it shanks the RIAA is just a bonus.

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