On Digital Good: Resale and Taxes

Apple recently filed a patent on creating a digital marketplace where users could resell their previously purchased digital items (ringtones, music, movies, etc.) to other users, presumably at a discount price. As reported by PaidContent, this patent is similar to one filed by Amazon last month. Apple’s filing goes into great detail in how their […]


1. Artists, authors, manufacturers, and inventors use copyrights, trademarks and patents to protect their products from copycats.  Do you agree or disagree that these protections are a good way to encourage innovation and creativity? A. Strongly agree (58%) B. Agree somewhat (25%) C. Neutral, neither agree nor disagree (3%) D. Disagree somewhat (5%) E. Strongly disagree (5%) F. DK/Other […]

ACI Survey Finds Consumers Support More Protection against Pirated Goods and Content — Counterfeit Goods Cited as Reducing Jobs; Harming the Economy

A national consumer survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) finds that the vast majority of consumers support stronger intellectual property protections against trafficking of counterfeit goods.  The survey of 800 consumers found 82% of consumers agreed that counterfeit goods, such as knock-off products, pirated software and imitation pharmacy drugs hurt the economy, with […]

The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property

Like many Americans of my generation, my first encounter with intellectual property piracy came with the band Metallica.  Metallica sued Napster over its unique file-sharing program that enabled users to share music with each other through the magic of the Internet.  Ultimately, Napster (in its free-for-all connotation) was shut down.  Napster’s demise unleashed the forces […]

ITIF on How Better Copyright Enforcement Would Help Consumers

Daniel Castro of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation wrote an interesting piece that outlines how consumers would be better off with more aggressive law enforcement against online piracy.  The piece discusses the newly introduced Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act that looks to add protections covering software, video games, movies, music, books, photos and other […]