“ Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from anybody.”
It is interesting that although Jefferson understands that the ability to gain financial benefit was an incentive to intellectual production. However he also states that:
“ It has been pretended by some, (and in England especially,) that inventors have a natural and exclusive right to their inventions”
He saw IP as a social law rather than a natural law.
“ Decoying and Spoofing are the most commonly known techniques that we employ. We send blank files and data noise that look exactly like a real response to an initiated search requests for a particular title. Pirated files will no doubt be on the networks, but with our protection applied it would be easier to find a needle in a hay stack than a real file amongst our countermeasures.”
Extensive client list including Universal Pictures, HBO, 20 th Century Fox, Virgin Records and Paramount Pictures.
Purchased for $42 million in 2005 which clearly shows how concerned the major Hollywood studies are of online ‘piracy’.
Currently under FBI investigation after Denial of Service attack on the legal video p2p network Revision3.
Shot in Sweden and released in August 2006 combines accounts from prominent players in the Swedish piracy culture ( The Pirate Bay , Piratbyrån , and the Pirate Party ) with found material, propaganda-like slogans and Vox Pops.
Material used in Steal This Film includes:
clips from other documentary interviews with industry and government officials,
Logos from several major Hollywood studios,
Sequences from The Day After Tomorrow and The Matrix.
All of which are believed to constitute to fair use.
Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the copyleft movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer public domain by providing an alternative to the automatic "all rights reserved" copyright, dubbed "some rights reserved."
David Berry and Giles Moss have credited Creative Commons with generating interest in the issue of intellectual property and contributing to the re-thinking of the role of the "commons" in the "information age".
In 2001, a Russian computer programmer was arrested for breaching the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) for cracking its e-book software.
The DMCA protects the ability of Adobe to make restrictions even though they violate the fair use rights of the user. For example, you were not allowed to make backup copies or read the e-book on more than one computer.
After public protest the company announced that it did not want to prosecute and supported the programmers release from prison.