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The nature of property, its changing role in the new economy, and new types of ownership that are emerging
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How Do the Powerful Get the Idea That They ‘Deserve’ More? Lessons from the… Laboratory - naked capitalism

How Do the Powerful Get the Idea That They ‘Deserve’ More? Lessons from the… Laboratory - naked capitalism | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
The distribution of power and wealth can be, and usually is, highly arbitrary and independent of ‘marginal productivity’, ‘risk taking’ or, indeed, any personal characteristic of those who rise to the top.
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How Many Kinds of Property are There? Two? Or Three? - naked capitalism

How Many Kinds of Property are There? Two? Or Three? - naked capitalism | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
In which Lambert confesses to shocking ignorance of a Nobel prize winner's important work.
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A review of Ostrom, Bollier, definitions of commons and approaches to governance.  Identifies the blind spot of the private/public property false dichotomy

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State weighs recognizing businesses with a social purpose

State weighs recognizing businesses with a social purpose | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
According to the IRS, nonprofits that engage in business activity must prove that the activity is "substantially related" to their mission or else pay taxes on their income from it.
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Coalition blocks Senate from secret details of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal | smh.com.au

Coalition blocks Senate from secret details of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal | smh.com.au | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
the end game begins
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'Anti-Troll' Marblar Unites NASA Patents, Samsung to Crowdsource New Products

'Anti-Troll' Marblar Unites NASA Patents, Samsung to Crowdsource New Products | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing Site Aims to Take Patents From Litigation to Innovation
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Trends in commercializaton of latent IP

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Intellectual property in the time of crowdfunding

Intellectual property in the time of crowdfunding | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Many things were already said about how Internet makes distribution faster and cheaper and how this is putting under the question rationale for intellectual property rights. But Internet through...
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via aleph acrylicist, an interesting commentary saying that the reasons for IPR and the mitigation of the risks it ordinarily offsets are no longer valid in the age of advance funding by the customer with margins 'built in' or accepted in advance - not sure I agree as the current exemplar, kickstarter, leaves IPR to the side, it has no formal contract between contributor and creator, IPR may or may not exist in advance (though if it doesn't the public disclosure now precludes it) and the creator is permitted to sell beyond the customers of the kickstarter campaign - on the other side there is nothing preventing someone from taking a kickstarter idea and developing it outside of kickstarter based on the public disclosure through kickstarter  (unless formal IPR pre-exists the kickstarter campaign) - this will be further complicated when crowdfunding becomes crowd investing under the jobs act and shareholder's rights and fiduciary responsibility come into play

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Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge – Google

Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge – Google | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
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Defensive use of patents pledge.

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Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy

Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
A rule of thumb on Wall Street is when national magazines discover a trend, the trend has peaked, and there’s only one way to go: down. Unfortunately, that’s beginning to happen to “collaborative c...
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Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry

Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
not ridiculous at all - but it is time for new business models
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In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword

In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Alongside the impressive technology advances of the last two decades, many see a destructive use of software patents corrupting the marketplace for ideas.
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on sharing, taxation

hot to jean lievens (can't rescoop from mobile?)
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Are Apple's innovations inside us now? - CNN.com

Are Apple's innovations inside us now? - CNN.com | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Douglas Rushkoff says Apple's patent victory over Samsung fails to acknowledge that Apple has created a digital language now part of our human thinking, and as such fair game for competitors...
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German court loosens leash on army

German court loosens leash on army | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
governments the world over are making adjustments to preserve the illusion of the rule of law while preparing to go to war with their own people - reminding us that property rights exist with the threat of force - this brinkmanship by the wealthy elite captured state is a worrisome trend- moving toward a systemic adjustment to create fairer outcomes seems not to be on the agenda
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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism

The Rise of Anti-Capitalism | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it

WE are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future: The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring those costs to near zero.


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UK Indymedia - WOS4: The Creative Anti-Commons and the Poverty of Networks

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An interesting discussion of the difference between CC and FSF version of 'commons'.  Specifically the discussion around producer control and consumer rights is very rich.

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Noam Chomsky: Who Owns the World? Resistance and Ways Forward - YouTube

Noam Chomsky delivered a lecture at University of Massachusetts on September 27th, 2012. The video is one hour and three minutes.

  


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excellent review of history and current trajectories of political economy - ending with the shift to a global plutonomy and an interesting historical note about adam smith's invisible hand being originally an argument against neo-liberal globalization as destructive to local economies to the benefit of global industrialists.  prescient.

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Wikileaks leaks SECRET copyright treaty: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Wikileaks leaks SECRET copyright treaty: The Trans-Pacific Partnership | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
DMCA robocops link arms with Monsanto triffids to take over the world in revealed docs
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Do we want open source manufacturing? of guns?

Do we want open source manufacturing? of guns? | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
When the technology for downloading musical audio files was first introduced, many visionaries thought this would open up a whole new relationship between musicians and their audience.  No longer w...
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the scare mongering baby & bathwater is inevitable (music sharing and hackers, bitcoin and drug dealers...), just wait until we get into synthetic biology and personal pharmaceuticals, and the big pharma and big agriculture folks lobbies get wound up... you can always expect protectionist behavior from the establishment - and no, I don't think 3D printed guns (especially when fully functional) are a good thing, nor do I think some wack job making custom biology in the garage two doors down is a good thing, but we can expect slippery slope and FUD arguments to shut down anything that threatens established revenue streams - there is a place for regulation here, and as always I believe creators need to be compensated fairly, through mechanisms other than regulatory capture by vested interests using media to scaremonger a population into giving up its rights

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Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions | Threat Level | Wired.com

Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions | Threat Level | Wired.com | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
If the government thinks your patent-pending invention has national security implications, it can slap a secrecy order on it that prevents you from developing it. More than 5,300 such orders have been issued, with some of them in effect for decades.
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potential for abuse is substantial

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Music licensing is easy • rightclearing.com

Music licensing is easy • rightclearing.com | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Find and license the right songs for your project in mere minutes. You will immediately receive a legal contract and the song file in the desired quality. Licensing music has never been this easy.
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toward the automation of licensing

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Design Like No One Is Patenting — How SparkFun Stays Ahead of the Pack | Wired Design | Wired.com

Design Like No One Is Patenting — How SparkFun Stays Ahead of the Pack | Wired Design | Wired.com | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Electronics supplier SparkFun designs dozens of products a year and they haven't patented a single one. It's worked out pretty well so far.
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One Per Cent: Patent could shackle 3D printers with DRM

One Per Cent: Patent could shackle 3D printers with DRM | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
expected - what would be better is an organization parenting this to keep anyone from implementing it - sadly unless I.v. has other commercial interests supported by that strategy, it is unlikely
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Docracy - Free Legal Documents

Open legal documents, provided and trusted by people like you. Find or upload a document, sign it for free.
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Nondominium | common-source economics & open capital

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Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple?

Who Cares If Samsung Copied Apple? | Property and Ownership | Scoop.it
Too often, it seems that companies fall back on the broken patent system when they can't compete in the marketplace.
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