Comments on: Fiction as policy in the New York Times (the book version) http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/ Blog, news, books Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:05:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: LYNN REEVES http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-49172 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:55:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-49172 am eager to read the book, and even more eager to read the review on the giảm cân an toàn không cần ăn kiêng | giam can an toan cho phu nu sau sinh | giam can an toan don gian | giam can an toan hieu qua | giam can an toan hieu qua nhat | giảm cân an toàn và hiệu quả nhất |

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By: LYNN REEVES http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-49171 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:51:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-49171 The NPR page includes an interview with me (in my flu-ridden, 102 degree
fever state, I’m terrified to listen to it again). But I am eager to
read the book, and even more eager to read the tam trang da o dau | tam trang da o dau hieu qua | tam trang da o can tho | tam trang da o dau tot nhat | tam trang da o tphcm | tam trang da o dau an toan | tam trang da sieu toc |

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By: LYNN REEVES http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-49170 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:49:00 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-49170 perpetual copyright terms “on the installment plan.” (Helprin insists he
doesn’t support perpetual terms; he just likes extending terms now to
assure that grandchildren get tắm trắng da an toàn | tam trang duong da | tam trang da o dau tot | tam trang da cap toc | tắm trắng da cho nam giới |

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By: Reignbeau http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-28490 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-28490 Deep thguoht! Thanks for contributing.

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By: Jone http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-629 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 13:15:34 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-629 Property rights are an aspect of commercial law and they have a specific purpose: prosperity. If, in 1989 it had been the communist East Germany that was rich and the capitialist West Germany that was poor, we would have abandoned individual ownership in favour of common ownership. Perhaps that is an absurd counterfactual to contemplate. We must have some system to ensure the the marginal costs of production are met and property rights and market prices are the only system that has stood the test of time.

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By: Rich http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-628 Wed, 06 May 2009 00:08:51 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-628 Nice to have Prof. Lessig around to respond to clowns like Halprin. The best thing about the NY times piece is how he seems to think that people are going to be moved by the struggles of “the heirs of sylvia plath.” Maybe I’m too young, but I just don’t understand how Halprin’s arguments are convincing on any level – they just seem bizarre (“it might also be for the public good were Congress to allow the enslavement of foreign captives and their descendants”). This guy has one heck of a martyr complex.

One other thing: why didn’t NPR put more lessig into the main piece? Surely this is an injustice that rivals the government’s thievery of the heirs of sylvia plath.

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By: Alan Crowe http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-627 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 19:20:15 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-627 Helprin argues by analogy from rights in property to rights in copy: since there is no such thing as lease-hold, copyright should be perpetual.

Helprin is not content to overlook lease-hold, he also ignores tied housing and the enclosure of agriculture land between 1760 and 1820. Sometimes land is owned in common, not individually. Do your heirs have the right to the house and land that you paid for, and worked on and for? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Property rights are an aspect of commercial law and they have a specific purpose: prosperity. If, in 1989 it had been the communist East Germany that was rich and the capitialist West Germany that was poor, we would have abandoned individual ownership in favour of common ownership. Perhaps that is an absurd counterfactual to contemplate. We must have some system to ensure the the marginal costs of production are met and property rights and market prices are the only system that has stood the test of time.

But what of the non-recurring costs of production? How do we pay our artists and our inventors? Are they to have a recurring fee linked to the volume of production, or are they to have a lump sum, a fee for the work done? Can we have a utopia in which our favourite artists are free of the tyranny of the day-job and may create full time, unfettered by copyrights on existings works that they wish to improve, rework, remix, play-off and adapt? Probably not, but the problem we face is clear enough: construct that system of commercial law that best conduces to artist abundance.

I envy Helprin his 1100 words of opinion in the New York Times. I am annoyed that he wasted them obfuscating the problem instead of trying to solve it. I will not be buying his book.

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By: Rick http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-626 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 08:46:26 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-626 Yep. Heard the interview on NPR a few days ago in the background while surfing the net. Sure caught my attention. Apparently Halperin’s belief is that the only lasting value of his works that might benefit is descendents is the financial.
Does he write zingers for Cheney?

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By: Mal http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-625 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 20:30:18 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-625 Yeah, Mark Helprin: good novelist, but loves to provoke the liberals and will go to any extremes to do it. I once heard him defend the banning of “Ulysses” as pornography to an audience New York Public Library members. I’d take anything he says with a grain of salt; it’s just more conservative political theater and hard to take seriously.

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By: Ian Brown http://www.lessig.org/2009/04/fiction-as-policy-in-the-new-y/#comment-624 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:07:38 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/04/fiction_as_policy_in_the_new_y.html#comment-624 What high praise — Creative Commons “threatens the future of civilization itself” apparently. ROFL.

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