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[News] [SOT] More on Intellectual Monopolies and Their Abuse

  • Subject: [News] [SOT] More on Intellectual Monopolies and Their Abuse
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:39:29 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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How long should copyright last in a digital age?

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| We don't have an IP problem. We have a momentary problem figuring out how to 
| monetize IP in a digital world. Software is figuring it out through SaaS and 
| open source. The music and film industries will figure it out, too. In fact, 
| iTunes shows the way, as Keegan indicates. We shouldn't be too quick to jump 
| on copyright extensions to solve a problem that really has nothing to do with 
| copyright, except for the unfortunate fetishing of it.     



What Does "IP" Really Mean?

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| For readers of Linux Journal, "IP" almost certainly refers to the Internet 
| Protocol, part of the TCP/IP suite that underpins the Internet. But to most  
| people, if it means anything, "IP" refers to something known as "intellectual 
| property". This widespread recognition is rather curious, 
| because "intellectual property" does not exist.   


A Patent Lie

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his 
| senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, "If people had understood how 
| patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, 
| and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete 
| standstill today." Mr. Gates worried that "some large company will 
| patent some obvious thing" and use the patent to "take as much of 
| our profits as they want."


,----[ Quote ]
| ...Thanks to Mr. Gates, we now know that an open Internet with protocols 
| anyone can implement is communism...
| ...Mr. Gates' secret is out now--he too was a "communist;" he, too,
| recognized that software patents were harmful-until Microsoft 
| became one of these giants...


Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
| [...]
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
| [...]
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.


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