EPJ: Will the Ron Paul Channel Get Crushed?Submitted by Chris Cheesecurdski on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 17:40
(Let's get our brains around this and solve this problem before it eats itself).
From Economic Policy Journal
Marc Clair of www.LionsOfLiberty.com emails:
It appears the first episode of the Ron Paul Channel is on YouTube.
[Link to pirated youtube video removed from text of email-RW]
At first I thought it was a free preview, and had planned to post it on my site, but upon further inspection it appears this channel is not affiliated with Ron Paul and is not official.
The channel even links back to RonPaul.com, which we all know is not owned or run by Ron Paul.
I'm curious about your take on this as it relates to your IP stance. Is it up to Ron Paul and Ron Paul Channel to figure out how to prevent something like this? It seems that if every episode can be slapped onto YouTube the next day by these days it could easily crush the business model.
Editor In Chief
First as a believer in intellectual property protection, and specifically in this case copyright protection, I would object to anyone copying from the Ron Paul Channel, without the direct permission of Ron Paul, or the entity that holds the rights to the RPC broadcast...
...As for the remedies Ron Paul, or the RPC organization, have, they certainly can pursue the thieves in a court of law. Also as I understand it, if youtube is contacted they may pull a video if they consider it in violation of copyright. It will have to be up to Ron Paul or the RPC organization to determine if it is worth the effort to use either of these remedies.
It is held in parts of the anti-IP community that because it is difficult to enforce intellectual property rights law that IP law should be wiped off the books. This is simply central planning. It should be left to every victim of theft whether or not he wants to pursue damages, not some overseers who want to establish the limits for everyone on the ability to pursue damages. How is that libertarian?
read more: Ron Paul Channel and Intellectual Property, Part 1
Let's solve these problems from a marketing perspective. Free samples are good. Many people buy a product just because they feel guilty about taking the free sample. Sales and discounting move product but the build an expectation in the customer that future sales can be expected.