I challenge you to a duel!

What's the best way to settle a dispute? A duel, of course.

Except this is not the duel of the 19th century, with two men and pistols at 20 paces. This is a battle where nobody dies, nobody even gets hurt, and two companies battle it out for a couple hours to resolve a dispute that could cost each of them millions in the courtroom regardless of the winner.

This is the challenge:


Current intellectual property law stifles innovation

I understand the origins of intellectual property (IP) law, and I get the arguments for it. But I disagree, fundamentally, with the notion. Ideas are meant to be copied and built on... that's exactly what humans do, and that's exactly how we've innovated and architected ourselves out of the stone age.

I agree with copyright as it was originally conceived (a few years bast authorship). But it has gotten ridiculous:

Stop incenting us to do the wrong thing

It's getting harder and harder to just watch a movie. If you buy a movie on iTunes now, you have to go through the main menu to start playing it, you can't just start the movie. The production companies do this to get you to watch their marketing, but it has an interesting side effect: it incentivizes people to pirate the movie in order to skip all the junk they don't want to watch:


Having fun on the cheap

No surprise here, but when people have less money, they spend what they do have on, shall we say, having fun at home:

“At a time when unemployment is high and bank account balances are low, people are passing the time by getting busy,” Stefan Dallakian, the owner of Paris Intimates – an online sex toy distributor—told me. It's estimated that the sex-toy business is a $15 billion industry. As the U.S. economy has worsened, Dallakian said that he has seen sales for sex toys skyrocket.



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