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Re:In favour of IP rights

Posted by: llanitedave on October 28, 2004 10:30 PM
If you reread the article, I think you'll find that Stallman did acknowledge that patents, copyrights, etc. are at times appropriate and valid. However, that doesn't make them "Property". Real property is owned forever until explicitly transfered. The law limits patents and copyrights to specific time periods. Therefore, they aren't truly "property" even in a legal sense. What they are is a writ of exclusive usage -- a monopoly.

And sometimes, they simply are not beneficial to society.

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