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Re:In favour of IP rights

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 29, 2004 12:35 AM

"Intellectual property" is so-called because it gives ownership (property) rights to products of the human intellect.

No, it gives no property rights. For example copyright gives you right to make copies of some information (more precisely it forbids others to do it). But the original information and the copy are still _one thing_. You can't do this with your properties so such a right would make no sense for them.

It's a difference when a hundred of people have each their own car, or they share one car. For information, there is no such difference -- although it's in fact shared they can use it as if it wasn't.

You see, information does not behave like a property at all. Well, this probably won't stop you from trolling...


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