Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Supporting user innovation

Charles LeadbeaterVery interesting new report from the UK's National Consumer Council, stressing that governments and businesses need to support innovation by consumers as well as businesses (via A2K). A balanced intellectual property framework is vital for this to occur:

If intellectual property protection for the makers of products are too stringent it will kill off user driven innovation, because users will not be allowed to ‘fiddle around’ with products to improve them. This is what is at stake in the current debates about digital content – software, film and music. Creativity in most fields comes from being able to borrow and blend existing ingredients to create new mixes. Stringent intellectual property controls make this impossible.

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