The moral credentials of owning the fruits of your labor are quite impeccable. Setting conditions on the user/access of those fruits that make it quite difficult for future people to be as creative without being in danger of violating some IP law are another matter. If IP and its restrictions are grounded in externalities that accelerating technology would naturally remove, such as it being very very easy and almost free to copy and distribute, then those forms of IP, at least stand in opposition to the future. The future we dream of includes having perfect memories, aided by technology and being able to use anything and everything in our extended minds as basis to create from. It includes being able to share however much or little of our perfect memories with one another as we wish. So clearly current IP restrictions are in the way of this future. Being in the way of this future is in quite real ways being in the way of maximizing intelligence, human potential and real wealth.
Clearly we want creators to be rewarded in proportion to the perceived and practiced value of their creations. But we must find the means to do so without making the very future we dream of illegal.
By Samantha Atkins on Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29pm