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Originally Posted by lowrib I hadn't considered copyright and intellectualy property much at all until doing the research for this. I didn't realise, for example, that the whole point of ...
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- 12-13-2010 #11
1) Patents are to encourage innovation, on the basis that people invent things to make money, not for the fun of it. If they have to spend money to develop an invention and then somebody rips it off, they'll stop inventing or keep their inventions secret.
2) Copyright was originally a way to protect essential middlemen like publishers and recording studios. Creative people will create whether they make money out of it or not but the distributors need to make a profit to survive. Now that creators can put their creations straight onto the Internet, this is less important.
3) Trade marks are to protect the public from deceptive and fake goods.
None of these things has anything to do with "property". Property is what I can deprive you of by owning it myself. If you give me a loaf of bread, then I have a loaf and you have none. If you give me an idea, we both have it. Hence "intellectual property" is an oxymoron."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"