Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I am not going to say too much at this time but rather make a statement and then list some questions. In the modern age media, both written and electric mediums, have begun to take on the characteristics of public goods. In the way that, thanks to computers, they are non-rival and non-excludable. Trying to prevent piracy and protect intellectual property rights is nearly impossible and expensive while setting up and sharing files is cheap and easy. In every way save its name intellectual property is a public good. So is it a crime to use a public good? How do you stop people from using a public good? Can the private sector provide a public good? Is there any way to turn back time and make electronic media a private good again?
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