Copyright T-Shirt

João Miguel Neves joao at
Wed May 12 15:19:13 UTC 2004

A Ter, 2004-05-11 às 20:01, Niall Douglas escreveu:
> What about a system whereby all zero-copy cost human output is 
> recompensed via general taxation? I include books, music, video (all 
> television), software, blueprints, designs etc.
I've never seen such a system work. They're always pieces of art that
are ignored by such systems and it usually puts to much power in the
hands of those deciding what is a work under copyrgiht.

> Everyone puts their work on some high capacity central servers which 
> are available to all citizens who create an account on the servers. 
> Each copy downloaded increments a counter for the thing downloaded.
Technically impossible to do. This conclusion is a result of my work
with the National Library of Portugal. We don't have the resources to
manage that.

> 1% of income tax in all countries goes into a pot. After operating 
> expenses, the pot is divided up based on the relative proportions of 
> copies downloaded. The artists get recompensed fairly, people get 
> their entertainment and there's a strong competitive element for 
> producing the best quality of output. There are no entry barriers and 
> it's highly efficient as it's virtually entirely automated.
> While people can pass around copies to each other freely, chances are 
> you'd use the central servers as they're always there, fast to 
> download from and it's simply more convenient. There may be problems 
> with gangs orchestrating mass votes for crap products in order to get 
> an illict share of the pie so some human oversight would be needed 
> but I don't think it would be too bad (having each user register 
> enables various statistics-based automatic red flagging).
> Best of all, such a system is vastly superior to any copyright based 
> system for all involved. Of course it means dismantling of powerful 
> existing corporate interests and a level of international cooperation 
> never before seen globally, but after we emerge from the Bretton 
> Woods system collapse the environment would be right. Certainly when 
> it collapses corporate enterprise will simply cease to exist, being 
> replaced by highly diverse cooperatives and SME's (eg; like in 
> Argentina).
> I doubt free software as the FSF defines it will last the course. It 
> depends too highly on there being a large body of affluent people 
> with other sources of income. However, its cooperative mode of 
> production is VERY interesting and strongly hints at how all future 
> production shall be achieved especially in the non-hierarchical 
> structure required by the likely post-collapse economy. After all if 
> companies are never bigger than a few hundred people, the correct way 
> to do large distributed projects is how free software currently does 
> it.
My bank account disagrees with you when you say free software is not
sustainable, but who cares?

						João Miguel Neves

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