Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 28, 2004 10:05 PM
The more I hear the term intellectual property the more I am disgusted with it. It seems to be a golden calf that people have made to worship, and to get rich quick at the cost of freedom and liberty. People want to be self righteous about it and say "if I come up with this idea or work, I should be able to profit from all my hard work" etc<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.. Well what about others who come up with the same idea on their own? Are they locked out because someone beat them to the patent office?
I firmly believe that humans are enough alike that several thousands of people can come up with the same idea at the same time given similar environment and circumstances. The pythagorean theorum was derived in most major cultures independantly but most people think that it was only a greek invention.
As far as stimulating innovation, I don't think laws really can improve intellect. I believe that necessity is the mother of invention, not the government. If someone needs something bad enough they will think up a solution despite how much money they have thrown at them.
Problem solving is real work and a good skill to have. It will be always be rewarded because there are always problems to solve. Claiming that an idea is unique to yourself is arrogant and is like a kid licking a piece of candy, even if he won't eat it, just to stake a claim and make sure no one else will.
I remember when we just start to to unravel the genome there was talk of patenting it or parts of it! Greed and arrogance has really reached a new high when we try to "buy and sell the very souls of men"
If you want an idea or thought to be your own, don't tell anybody<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.. but then again wait and see<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.. someone else will come up with the same idea soon<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.. you can be sure of it.