A Post-Copyright World

Paper Jekyll wins The Public Domain Jam!

Play Paper Jekyll on Itch created by Daniel Mullins | @2DMGames Don't judge a public domain novel by its cover. I must admit, when I first saw Paper Jekyll, I expected it to be a generic platformer re-skinned with Jekyll & Hyde characters. Was I ever wrong. The game starts out…


The Public Domain Jam

The following is a first draft of my announcement that Nothing To Hide (an uncopyrighted indie game) is hosting a grand prize for The Public Domain Game Jam! “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” By quoting Isaac Newton, I'm borrowing his shoulders…


openness xor business

These are the slides from the 10-minute talk I gave at the inaugural SxSW V2V in Las Vegas. I've annotated them with the notes I was supposed to say, roughly, sort of, probably. Openness and business seem to be at war. For a long time, the public domain and our…


Why Copies?

Copyright assumes it’s the copies of a work creators must make money from. And thus, it’s the copies that must be protected at all cost. Copying. The one thing anyone can do with the click of a button, and that’s what we’ve based our digital economy…


Tragedy of the Commons

The following is a rough transcript of my Thiel Finalist 1-Minute Lightning Talk. I can’t remember exactly what I said, but considering I got the Fellowship, I think it went okay. Copyright is broken. Copyright lasts a lifetime, plus 70 years, by default. Something’s up. Copyright was meant…