Monthly Archives: February 2010

Free Software=Piracy?

Via Reihan, a trade group called the International Intellectual Property Alliance is apparently lobbying the US Trade Representative to treat preferential adoption of free software as equivalent to copyright infringement. Bobby Johnson at the Guardian explains: Last year the Indonesian … Continue reading

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Founders Visa Introduced in Senate

The last time I wrote about the Founders’ Visa concept, I wondered how the law would be drafted to prevent the creation of “sham” startups. Senators Kerry and Lugar have now introduced legislation modeled on Graham’s proposal, and it provides … Continue reading

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Vietnam and the Washington Bubble

If it was hard for senior American officials in Vietnam to get a straight story about how the war was going, it was much harder for senior officials in Washington to do so. Not only were they several thousands miles … Continue reading

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Filtering out Contrarians in Vietnam

Not everyone in the US military was surprised by the American failure in Vietnam. Two people who clearly saw what was coming were Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann and Colonel Dan Porter, officers who were stationed in the Mekong Delta … Continue reading

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Today in Top-Down Stupidity

Recently Steve Jobs issued a Fatwa against “overtly sexual content” on the iPhone. Some Apple employee apparently decided that selling bathing suits to women is an “overtly sexual” activity, and blocked the app. I had an argument with Adam Thierer … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War’s Oblivious Leaders

The author of The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam, was a young reporter who had his first stint in Vietnam in the early 1960s, at a time when the US commitment was relatively small and the prospects for American … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Love about Remixes

Incidentally, if you doubt that remix culture can produce works of lasting artistic value, you’ve probably never seen “Ten Things I Hate about Commandments.” It never gets old:

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The Cultural Intelligent Design Fallacy

Following up on his video on the evolution of remix culture, Julian contrasts top-down and bottom-up visions of culture: Current intellectual property law frowns on “copying” as opposed to mere “influence.” If I write and record a song that is … Continue reading

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Defending the Neutral Internet in Civil Society

I’m at Students for Free Culture’s annual conference. As I said a couple of weeks ago, I think the growth and enthusiasm of the free culture movement is really exciting. When I was an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Control in Vietnam

I’ve said before that if you want to understand the limitations of hierarchical organization, a good place to start is with the world’s most powerful hierarchical institution: the US military. And to study the military’s flaws, the obvious place to … Continue reading

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