The Knockoff Economy: How Copying Benefits Everyone (Video)


5 Responses to “The Knockoff Economy: How Copying Benefits Everyone (Video)”

  1. Chris Gladish says:

    I liked the original version of this video better.

  2. Raederle says:

    One of the authors did a very interesting series of posts over at the Volokh Conspiracy.

  3. dbfpuzdq says:

    Anyone know a torrent link for the book? :-)

    Seriously, copying is well and good, but it only works well with commodity products. Cars, for instance, take plenty of safety engineering. Who’s going to pay for all of the crash testing and safety engineers if everyone can just 3d print their own copy of the car? I
    certainly don’t want to be part of the crash testing early adopters. There are some things that crowd testing doesn’t do well. 

    • With cars, people want safety and (in some countries) there are regulations for that. A crash test can’t simply be copied. The real problem is really expensive high risk research done by private companies, like the pharma industry. 

  4. DaveLaFontaine says:

    I actually saw him in person giving his speech at the Goethe Institute here in Los Angeles. A quick search showed that there was indeed a torrent for his book, and I got quite a laugh from the audience when I pointed that out to him. However, I did tell him that most likely the torrent was a trojan created by a scraper that goes over the list of books on Amazon and then spits out files with names of books. 

    About a year ago, when writing a book on mobile web design in the “…for Dummies” series, I was shocked to find that the book was appearing on Pirate Bay before I had even written it. Which was tempting, especially since I was having trouble with Chapter 9, and kinda wanted to know how to finish it. Something in me expects the time traveler from the future to poof into existence next to me at this point, and whack me sharply on the noggin with a bumbershoot and order me back to work. 

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