Screeeeeech!

Loved Wired's headline from the other day: "Denver judge taps brakes..." for the story about halting proceedings for almost three dozen lawsuits where Las Vegas-based Righthaven claims copyright infringement.

I don't much care about the "licensing arrangements" that Righthaven concocted with its troubled publishing clients (for whom this should be a terrific learning opportunity).  Righthaven lawyers (if there are more than one) will eventually close their pie-holes and curl up with their old scavenger buddies at home-owners associations and collection agencies. It will die a natural-enough death, probably before the end of this year.

What I do care about is whether the powers at such newspapers as The Denver Post will ever understand deferred gratification (I still dream that some newspaper somewhere might go even further into understanding its civic responsibility to the community). I would be a happy little boy if the Post would drop its myopic gotta-get-the-numbers-this-quarter, reactionary collusion with the devil.

I must STOP thinking about this. But I can't help it: I continually imagine someone (an executive committee, no doubt) at The Denver Post or MediaNews Group snickering like Wile E. Coyote at the thought of profiting(?) through the courts ("Gotta protect our intellectual property, ya know!").

Wow. Instead of protecting it, what if they actually got their intellectual property published to a depth and breadth not previously experienced? Is ProPublica's creative commons model not something to at least glance at? Is there anyone left who can lead an executive committee through a rational analysis of how to manage the risks that innovation can bring?