Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 29, 2004 02:04 AM
The older name for IP was Royalties. Royalties has a clear message: The knowledge someone adds up to a society belongs to the society, because this knowledge arises thanks to the efforts of thousands of years of acumulation of other knowledges in this society that the individual has taken for free. But the society, in order to help the knowledge arise gives a royalty, a priviledge, for those who invent something knew.
This Priviledge must, in any case, be very limited. Enough for the knowledge to arise but not more, because it is a priviledge and therefore something undesirable.