Chapter 10. Through the Fog: The Future of Intellectual Property


The prevailing wisdom among those who earn their living within our system of intellectual property protection is that some minor tweaking here and there will fix the problem. The prevailing wisdom is wrong. The time has come not for marginal changes but for wide-open thinking about designing a new system from the ground up.[1]

 --Lester Thurow, MIT Economist

The ethical discussion starts with the admission that intellectual property exists and that making off with it is theft. I've heard lawyers establishing that there is no such thing as IP. Copyright is a granted privilege, not a form of property. That there are draconian laws enforcing copyright is one thing. That media industry ...

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