From comment 1: "Plus, getting back to the discussion on video games, with all the talk about how supposedly violent video games "... quite true there's an excellent visualization of this on the information is beautiful site. It compares the number of deaths to the number of news paper stories about it. Try comparing deadly video games (deaths 0) to deadly killer bees (deaths 11,000).
I agree with the article, but not the last paragraph. In the last paragraph it's stated - "patent and trademark protections tend to follow a period of great innovation" then "In other words, it acts in the exact opposite manner as it's supposed to."
The first statement is blindingly obvious. The innovations allow the inventors to apply for patents. This then doesn't actually imply the second statement.
What would be useful to see was that innovation drops after a large swathe of patents.
I know patents are abused, but the arguments put in the last paragraph are pretty poor.
Have a look at the front page of the nut job that tried to Trademark this: jasongambert.com
If he changes it in the future - it currently is a picture of a bleeding Jesus Christ on the cross with this quote:
John 15:18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."
So it seems either that Activision are terrible at writing comment forms (their website is a terrible flash mess to start with), or they've stopped people from sending comments. After checking on both Firefox and IE their comment form (http://www.activision.com/index.html#contact|en_GB) only has one 'To' address - Customer Support and selecting this takes you to their random support pages.
Do let me know if you find another way to let them know how super great I think they are.
So the graph at the top is a bit misleading as the newsday rankings have risen since, there's also the argument that december is the holiday period. However when you compare year on year results the drop is indeed quite dramatic. Take a look at http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/newsday.com, click on Traffic Stats | Trafic Rank | Select 'Max' in the drop-down under the graph.
It maybe the reality that music will become free and artists will have make money off the back with other scarce products. What's clear from the last paragraph from DJ Shadow is that musicians want to make money from the music they make not derivatives, they don't want to be t-shirt salesmen and don't want to spend their lives touring. This is probably just artists holding onto their pride, but it should not be ignored when trying to get musicians to change their ideas.