I apologize if this is too off subject from the above story, but I would like to get some thoughts from others on this. I promise I won't do this kind of comment too often.
Over last weekend some friends and I competed in a hackathon where we came up with a cool app. In terms of building the app we won't need a lot of money to support it. Just some for servers to support it and maybe app store fees to get the app up.
What it will need money for is advertising and getting the app to be used widely. Its one that won't work unless people use it.
So I was thinking that this might go good on Kickstarter, but I don't know what I could offer to those that fund it. Its a pickup sports app with lots of ideas attached to it.
Does anything think this is good for Kickstarter? Any ideas as to what I could offer backers?
AOL doesn't have a legal leg to stand on here. What a bunch of idiots. I really hate that companies can so easily use legal nastygrams to get their way. I almost wonder if some kind of nastygram vetting and approval process should be required of all companies doing this with more than 15 employees.
That is an awesome video. I would love to see this kind of thing created to fight more government action and legislation. Like for SOPA and PIPA and CISPA. Also for thinks like the MegaUpload case. That would be awesome.
I recommend that everyone share this with friends and family. Use Facebook and Twitter and any other social networks you are on. We stopped SOPA and ACTA, its time to stand up once again and be heard loud and clear. Maybe after we do this enough times the message will get through their thick skulls.
Maybe we could make it a "three strikes" law like the criminal laws in California that have created a prison population so big that it could form a new nation (like Australia, but with much less land).
One thing that I have been wondering for awhile now is how a new journalism site can get started and get moving quickly. Lets assume this new site has high quality content that people want to consume. You use this content (like Techdirt does) to add value to other things that you do charge for (advertising, early access, goodies, etc). That is all well and good. But I would be willing to bet that even with great content it would take awhile to build up the regular readership you need to survive on the revenue.
Obviously it has been done many times before. But I would really like to know more about how Techdirt got started and how others can jump in and do the same. And yes I know that it isn't as simple as superficial copying of concepts.
Personally I think that any law/rule that is secret or is negotiated in secret should be automatically considered illegal. The same with any legal interpretations. There is no way anyone that is subject to a law can possibly follow a law they don't even know the details of or if it exists. The same with interpretations of the law.
And you shouldn't be subject to any law that you or someone that can represent you (outside of big businesses and the government itself) can have any input on. It just doesn't make any sense to require that of anyone.
You wouldn't do this at a company. Create a rule that you expect all your employees to follow, but never tell them what it is and even have secret interpretations of it. You would get sued in very short order and possibly be shut down depending on the severity of the case.
There are so many inequities and possibilities for discrimination that no one in their right mind would allow this in the business world. So why allow it in the government world?
Re: Sadly the exact opposite is almost always true.
You are partially right on the Apple end of things. They were renowned for stealing ideas from others and making them their own. BUT Apple was actually founded on the original Mac that Steve Wozniak created as a hobby. The blue box was a small business that the Steves ran before starting Apple from the hobbyist computer.
Most of what Apple made after that came from ideas stolen from others (Xerox and many others). Jobs couldn't have an original idea to save his life.
But he could take others original ideas and make them a whole lot better and his skills with design, esthetics, and user-friendly-ness were uncanny. That is where his creativity and originality comes from. Even then most of that was inspired by other ideas and concepts that he learned. He just applied them in very creative ways.
Ironically there is really nothing wrong with being inspired by others original ideas and then improving upon them. That is part of innovation. Apple and Jobs just had a problem with others that innovated off of inspiration from Apple products. That is where the rub is.
You can't own and idea, only the expression of an idea. He got inspiration from the twins, but the end product of Facebook (in its original form) was not the idea the twins introduced to him at all. They just wanted a site to meet girls with. He made a full on social network.
It is ironic how the tables have turned. Hollywood was created by those that wanted to create entertainment and content but needed to avoid prohibitive license fees and contracts. Doing so allowed them to do what they loved and create great movies without the restrictions that Edison tried to put on them.
Fast forward to today. Now in the Internet age we have people that want to create new content that are running to the Internet and its underground to avoid the repressive, restrictive controls and contracts of Hollywood so that they can do what they love and create great movies, music, books, and other content.
Its history repeating itself, just in a slightly different way. Why can't people learn from history? Especially their own?