1. How do we judge the similarity between two works? In the video, we look at different kinds of works, like music, movies and technologies. But it is obvious that the similarity of two music is different from that of two electronic devices. Also, when we say “structural similarity”, the structure of two music is different from that of two movies. Then how do we judge that two works across different fields are similar under the same big topic “intellectual property protection”? Do you think all the examples given in the video are really convincing? For me, I would not think that some episodes given in the video are similar.
2. China benefits a lot from copying the products from western world over past decades. The situation may be similar to the early twenty century United States when Charles Dickens’ work is not well protected well in United States. How do you think the intellectual disputes between different countries since they may not have an agreement of what is an intellectual property?
3. Sir William Timothy Gowers, the receiver of Fields award (The Nobel Prize in the field of mathematics), published a blog to resist Elsevier, a publishing company of many famous journals. (http://gowers.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/elsevier-my-part-in-its-downfall/) He claims that Elsevier prevents the transmission of knowledge. Do you think we should discriminate intellectual property of different fields, i.e., academic, entertainment and education? We need to protect intellectual properties but in certain fields intellectual properties should be open to the public.