|The social contract establishing copyrights as a limited time monopoly
was built in the time of the storyteller and the bard, and has not adapted
well to the information age. Piracy of information property (infoprop)
is rampant and often seen as heroic, software is buggy, large capital investments
are rendered worthless overnight, authors and artists are not fairly compensated,
consumers are unhappy, service is nonexistent, and companies are always
at risk of having their business destroyed by predators who can offer
an equivalent product for free, foster incompatibilities, or steal
I have an idea which solves all the problems, provides perfect anti-piracy
protection, and maintains opportunity for wealth and innovation for the
content generating industries while protecting both purchasers and content
creators from the theft of their property. It is called a market,
and it does not yet exist for software. It requires a new way of thinking.
Explore some of the arguments and analogies in this evolving hyperbook
and it will make perfect sense. .