[Fwd: Kremen VS Arin Antitrust Lawsuit - Anyone have feedback?]
mtnicks at kanren.net
Fri Sep 8 18:19:27 UTC 2006
The real fundamental flaw with this free-market approach to handling IP
assignments is the fact that it will further create an environment where
smaller (start-ups, small businesses) entities trying to acquire PI
space will face insurmountable challenges (eg, financial).
While I think the majority of people these days would agree that the
free-market approach to economics is definitely the best, certain
resources are not very applicable to be traded in a free-market
environment. I myself do not like over-bureaucratic processes, and while
all of us at one time or another have complained about ARIN's
procedures, policies, and practices, the purpose they serve is a needed one.
e: mtnicks at kanren.net
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andrew2 at one.net wrote:
> 3) What's wrong with treating assignments like property and setting up a
> market to buy and sell them? There's plenty of precedent for this:
> Mineral rights, mining claims, Oil and gas leases, radio spectrum.
> If a given commodity is truly scarce, nothing works as good as the free
> market in encouraging consumers to conserve and make the best use of it.
> I think you're dead-on there, but you forget who you're really trying to
> convince. It'll happen eventually but in the meantime the greybeards
> who were largely responsible for the Internet as we know it (and who by
> and large still wield significant influence if not still stewardship)
> will be dragged there kicking and screaming from their
> academic/pseudo-Marxist ideals, some of whom seem to still resent the
> commercialization of the Internet. It's also hard to see the faults in
> the system when you are insulated by your position as member of the
> The flip side of the coin of course is that if you let the free market
> reign on IP's, you may price developing countries right off the Internet
> which I don't think anyone sees as a desirable outcome. There's sure to
> be a happy middle ground that people smarter than I will figure out, and
> maybe it takes a silly lawsuit such as this to kick things off.
> Andrew Cruse
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