Intellectual Property


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[4] Anonymous: The term "intellectual property" is very misleading. Read [ext] this article to learn more about the topic.

(tderz): The article states that copyright, patent law and trademark law are different laws (who'd dare to disagree?) and then continues with the opinion that therefore the term "Intellectual Property (IP)" - or any other replacing term - for grouping them together would be misleading - because it would create overgeneralization[1].
In addidition the term "property" would suggest thinking about copyright, patents and trademarks by analogy with property rights for physical objects.
The article slightly touches origin and problems (fairness, "rich countries impose laws on poor countries to squeeze money out of them"[2]) of the different laws and offers alternative, better(?) names for IP ("legislative colonization"[2]; IMPs = Imposed Monopoly Privileges; GOLEMs = Government-Originated Legally Enforced Monopolies[3]).
The article concludes with the true "treat each of these laws separately; don't suggest generalizing about them."

[1] I (tderz) have moved this article link to the bottom of the page, because this article is only of use to you, if you have this problem of overgeneralization when using the term IP for grouping copyright, patent law and trademark law together. The article does not teach you much more about IP or its laws than the author's strong opinions on them.
[2] [ext] TRIPS? problems are meant
[3] funny indeed: but does it always hold? E.g. patents give limited exclusive rights to inventors in exchange for disclosure (the invention). Competitors can buy licenses and pay royalties for the bought knowledge. Patent law is alike for applicants/inventors, competitors, the public and more parties involved. I have problems to agree with the tenor of the article that the world is bad & unfair only due to the mentioned laws (now I quoted unfairly here).

Just a comment: GNU's philosophy on the matter is not the only one out there. I am not sure the debate over what constitutes "intellectual property" is in any way appropriate to this venue. -- nachtrabe

Intellectual Property last edited by tapir on July 12, 2011 - 17:57
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