Worldcon: The Intellectual Property Panel. No, Wait, Seriously!

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I’m just going to blog when and where I can while I’m in Montreal. Hit targets of opportunity and hit’em hard. Like back when I was in the space rangers.

I just got out of a really interesting panel on intellectual property, featuring Cory Doctorow and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, among others. First they explained how copyright law is so antiquated that when you hit reply on an e-mail, and it automatically quotes the text of the original, you’re technically violating copyright.

Then they talked about what Creative Commons is and how DRM is useless. I kept waiting for the party where Doctorow hugs me and tells me my industry isn’t dying. Maybe he just ran out of time.

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