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Whatever isn't software, embedded with software, designed by software, or at least excellent at using software will be outcompeted. Software freedom is absolutely necessary for a good future, and the free software movement demonstrated the possibility of a bottom-up strategy against the IP juggernaut.


Movies are one of the signal cases for IP and the movie industry one of the foremost pushers of IP expansion. To avoid trading freedom, equality, and security for spectacle, movies (and other long-form "premium video", such as television and other series' in that style) must be addressed. Approaches to discuss and plan here:

On Topic

Many forums have an "Off Topic" category for the forum community to discuss things that aren't on topic for the forum, serving the purpose of corralling off-topic discussions or of allowing community to extend itself with community-idiosyncratic discussions about anything, or both. This "On Topic" category is for both purposes, but not about anything at all. Posts should relate to some conception of intellectual freedom. Ideally "on topic" category discussion would contribute to enriching (including through criticism) contra-IP takes on IF.


Drugs are one of the signal cases for IP. To avoid trading freedom, equality, and security for drugs (pharma), other approaches to creating drugs, medical breakthroughs, and improving health outcomes overall must be taken. Approaches to discuss and plan here:


Intentional mix of private policy (e.g., licenses) and public policy.


Discussion about the World Intellectual Freedom Organization (see welcome) as opposed to about this forum (meta) or any particular WIFO area of interest (all other categories).


Knowledge policy and the structure of the knowledge economy will have an outsized impact on outcomes, given that we're transitioning from an industrial to knowledge economy, and the transition could be as significant ("software is eating the world", "data is the new oil") as past transitions from hunting & gathering to agriculture and agriculture to industry, or even more significant (em- or AI-dominated economy, or even "singularity").


To what extent does IP increase inequality? To what extent do commons increase equality? Of wealth, power, status, other dimensions?


Discuss this site (, how it works, and how we can improve it.


Metrics that do not take IP activity (especially patent filings) as equivalent to innovation or other improvement are urgently needed -- what gets measured, gets done or enacted. Some themes to discuss in this category:


To what extent does piracy provide gratis customer retention, price discrimination, and marketing services for IP industries, thus undermining competition from the commons? (Recall the WIFO global theory of change: commons ⇄ freedom, equality, security ⇄ good future.)