Compulsory Licenses Discussion on Pho

Ernest Miller (of Lawmeme) and Fred von Lohmann (of EFF) have joined the fun on pho. I’m reposting their messages here – they’re really insightful.


In discussions like these, I quickly realize my limits. I can’t immediately and conclusively say anything on the technicalities they bring up – I’m not a statistics whiz, so I can’t say for sure that sampling or censuses or audits will fix everything. For instance, I don’t know if Aaron Swartz’s recent point about power laws is right or wrong or can be compensated for in some way. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some research on it later. Perhaps Professor Fisher will incorporate some commentary on these issues into his next draft.


For now, I can just enjoy their insights and try to think them out, slowly. I’m most interested in getting the proposal on the table, so that we can start trying to figure these problems out. There is no Answer, but I think we can get a lot closer. This open dialogue is, I hope, part of that process.


I will try to continually update this. If someone would like their comments taken down, I will do so – I’ve posted everyone’s comments so far.


Update: Plenty to digest here. I have updated the post to include more of the messages. I included most every email, although I did leave out some that reiterated points already made by others, or strayed from the basic topics. If you are reading or writing on pho and think I missed something, please write to me.

5 Responses to “Compulsory Licenses Discussion on Pho”

  1. tamplin
    August 9th, 2003 | 1:55 am

    Jesus Christ. I just spent more than half an hour typing out an extensive response here. I hit “Submit,” and was met with a screen telling me my comment couldn’t be sent because I hadn’t included an e-mail address.

    “OK, fine,” I figured. “I’ll just go up here and add my addre… wait a minute. What the hell?” The text of my comment was COMPLETELY GONE — even when I navigated back to the previous screen where I’d originally written.

    This is absolutely infuriating. Your comments system should be set up to do one of two things:

    – warn users on the initial page that an e-mail address is an absolute necessity, and that their writing efforts will be wasted if they fail to include one.

    – better: preserve the comment text when a user fails to type in an e-mail address, so that the text is intact while giving them the chance to now add an address.

    What a waste of my time.

    I was starting to make regular stops here, but sorry — you won’t be seeing much more of me in your referral logs.

  2. Interested
    September 30th, 2003 | 5:25 pm

    Hi – Where are the archives for PHO? Can we get to them and read them?

  3. Vadim
    December 15th, 2005 | 7:13 am

    hi
    Who today saw Fils. Whether there will be it still here today?

  4. Vue
    May 11th, 2006 | 3:55 am

    Hi, and that all of you today all such not talkative?

  5. you Turin 1
    September 13th, 2006 | 7:50 am

    you Turin 1