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Stimulating Talks: Food for thought; Fashion Copyright, Copyright Culture, Taking time off

TED Talks: Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture (16 minutes)
I was pointed toward this video by vaelynphi. Recently fashion copyright has been getting a lot more coverage. Despite that some people are still pushing for copyrights in fashion, even when many people within the industry don't really want it. One slide in this talk, where they compare the gross income of industries with strict copyright protections versus those with little or no copyright protection, is the most telling argument against copyright as we know it today.

TED Talks: Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity (18 minutes)
Found via a link from the previous talk. Again we see what copyright protection has really done to us as a culture and to our innovation. Essentially the longer copyright lasts the less innovation is made. Take for example Apple's MagSafe patent, filed in 2007. They're refusing to license the technology out, which means it will be 2027 (if this is a design patten, which I couldn't determine, then 2023) before anyone can innovate on this technology. To translate to something a little more stark to an individual person, this means we've given companies the right to monopolize on 1/4 of our average life span as the only company we can go to for a specific technology. If each development is successfully patented, monetized to its fullest potential, and not innovated on before the end of its patent, then on average we'll only see three or four iterations of a technology in our lifespan.

TED Talks: Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off (18 minutes)
Again found via a link on the page of the previous talk. This one isn't nearly as good or as concentrated as the other TED Talks I've linked to so far. In point of fact his point gets lost in a lot of the self-promotion he is doing toward the beginning and end. In the middle, though, he points out that working non-stop for 40 years, our "working life", is very unhealthy to our mental creativity. He demonstrates one potential solution by taking an entire year off every 7 years and retiring 5 years later gives the same performance timestamp (40 years) yet creates in influx of new creativity into the work. He also touches on two other solutions, specifically 3M's 15% and Google's 20%. There's another aspect of this I want to touch on, but I'll save that for another entry another day.
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