Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 28, 2004 05:04 AM
I completely agree that the term "intelectual property" is a misnomer and that the fields that it generally tends to cover are different and that calling it all by the same name causes even more confusion.
However, the exact reason why this term has been coined is actually to decieve the world that information can be property and that intelectual property as such exists at all. The term is a blindfold over the eyes of the society designed to make them believe that information can be owned.
But it cannot. Naturally, of course it leads to monopolies, of course they are state granted monopolies.
Intelectual property, or can be simply called an "information property" is a contradiction to itself. Information cannot be property and then, the name implies that it can.
And i think that all of those IP laws hold that one thing in common (undependant on differences), they are unethical laws of allowing monopoly over information in order to make it what it naturally can't be, a property.