Terrific podcast about IP economics

Terrific podcast about IP economics

Summary: Intellectual property law involves balancing a broad range of economic and societal interests, as University of Chicago law professor Richard A. Epstein deftly explains on a recent episode of Hearsay Culture.

TOPICS: Patents

Some of the best discussion I've heard to date (and certainly recently) about the economics of intellectual property in the technological era can be found in Episode #31 of Dave Levine's Hearsay Culture.  The guest is University of Chicago law professor and Hoover Institution fellow Richard A. Epstein.  Professor Epstein brings a wealth of historical perspective and insight to our most critical intellectual property issues, and examines the policy considerations likely to figure prominently in determining our most high profile intellectual property disputes.

Topic: Patents

Denise Howell

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Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer who enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law.

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  • Interesting

    This and the DRM talk from the guys at Yahoo have been very well thought out. He pretty much says the biggest problem with Copyright is that it lasts too long. I would say traditionally that is the case but I would add that the DMCA anti-access control provisions is also a large issue. This taken into account the senate testimony where representatives from the MPAA admit that they fully intend and interpret those provisions as not allowing people to play movies that they have purchased/rented.

    His comments on Open Source are slightly disingenuous, mostly because 2 lines of code would most likely be consider Merger or Scenes ? faire plus Open Source is not public domain and he dodges the software patent issue (For instance the most recent MP3 Patent dispute where Microsoft did have a license but there was another patent that overlapped it) but overall a good talk .

    I wish he would have talked more on the anti-commons more, but he only had an hour.
    Edward Meyers