Of all the time I’ve been interested in seasteading, one topic that is seldom discussed is the implications of intellectual property on seasteads both in the near and distant future. While video game companies and film studios may not be the most conventional ideas for businesses on seasteads, there’s still the question of how IP will apply and what the effects might be for the global entertainment and tech industries.
I’m dissatisfied by how copyright is stagnating the entertainment industry by creating centralized oligopolies where companies are unlikely to take risks and have no incentive to produce quality content, as they have consumer bases that’ll buy their works regardless of quality since they’re the sole proprietors of certain ideas. Seasteading could be a viable solution to initiating an artistic and technological renaissance in which consumers base their decisions not on who’s selling product X, but on who’s selling the best product X. Such is the mentality of consumers of the restaurant and fashion industries.
I’m uncertain as to whether or not French or French Polynesian IP laws would apply to the first seastead. But as for large seasteads built in international waters, it’s possible we could be seeing a drastic paradigm shift in how certain kinds of businesses operate sometime in the future.