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Quick Mention: Glyn Moody on the Inexistence of “Intellectual Property“

Microsoft loves talking and bragging about its "intellectual property". Sadly for Microsoft (and SCO), there is no such thing. Independently, I said this a long time ago, before I even knew about Richard Stallman's views. Here is what Glyn Moody has to say in Linux Journal.

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.

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The more of us that use the term "intellectual monopoly", the more widely this concept will become understood, and the more likely it is that lawmakers around the world will begin to understand the distortions of the copyright and patent systems they have been tricked into introducing over the last years, thanks to intensive lobbying by industry groups. Once that happens, we can even begin to contemplate reducing copyright terms, and narrowing the range of what is patentable to rational levels – both of which will help protect open source and open content from attacks based on alleged infringements of copyright and patents.


None of this is new, but Glyn puts is very nicely in his new article.

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