If you want to be spoon fed information you should stop visiting Techdirt. They tend to contradict themselves and have strange focuses at times. (For instance it's OK for google to make street views but it is NOT OK for the government to have pictures of your car that is on the street)
Hehe. Now carry out your threat.
That government must be a very evil thing. Why do we allow it to control military, police and even postal service! Who is in the government anyways and who selects them? Nobody knows!
Google, like all its corporate brethren, is a benevolent entity. As we all know they do don't commit any evil at all. I would give any information they ask for (including all my browsing history, documents, mails etc) without any hesitation.
Re: Re: Cost of doing business with western world!
One example if pharmaceutical industry. Without patents Indian companies were able to manufacture low cost medicines immensely helping itself and a bunch of other countries (including many in Africa). Now, being a member of WTO, had to pass stricter patent laws.
Ironically one blessing in India is lack of enforceability. Even if it illegal many infringers are not going to prosecuted.
While I was growing up in India I was completely unaware of the concept of copyright. While in university I always bought xeroxed copies of expensive american textbooks. Nobody bothered to pay the copyright holder the fees to play their music publicly. Small companies used images of cricketers and bollywood stars for advertising without paying a paisa (i.e. indian penny).
Huh! Those were the good old days.
PS: Guess how the book companies competed with xeroxing! By releasing low cost locally written textbooks :)
Hmmm. From the article about innovation (http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Innovation.html)
The prospect of monopoly profits is a particularly important incentive to innovation. A “new mousetrap” gives its producer an advantage against competitors, at least until the competitors imitate the innovation. As Schumpeter writes,“Every successful corner may spell monopoly for the moment.”37 One example of how innovations often begin with a desire for monopoly profits is the movie industry. In the early days of motion pictures, entrepreneur Adolph Zukor began Paramount Pictures. Like many other movie studios, Paramount integrated the entire film production process, from script writing to filming to distribution to movie theaters owned by the film company itself.38 Because motion pictures were still a relatively new idea, it made sense for a single firm to both produce and show movies—just as broadcast television networks were sometimes owned by the same companies that manufactured televisions.39 An antitrust lawsuit ended the movie studios’ ownership of theaters in 1948,40 but actual monopolies have also assisted innovation in some cases. One legal device designed to encourage innovation is the patent, a legal monopoly giving the holder the exclusive right to profit from the implementation of an idea. Any person who attempts to profit from the sale of something covered by another’s patent can be prosecuted and forced to disgorge his profits.