"It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and movies. In fact intellectual property is a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is not necessary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth, prosperity and liberty."

It is an economic book that build a devastating case against patent and copyright laws.

Notes: It seem that book marks the GPL and other free software license as the exception and is something that they see as beneficial. It is something if possible they want to see preserved.

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Created by kiba 13 years 44 weeks ago – Made popular 13 years 44 weeks ago
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13 years 44 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago


Whoops, I didn't format it

Whoops, I didn't format it right. Is it possible to edit the story after it is published?

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13 years 44 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago



Is it me or is there a delicious irony in a paper explaining how IP is bad being released in a non-open (okay semi-openish) format like PDF?

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13 years 44 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago


Openness of PDF

If I'm not mistaken PDF is an open standard. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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13 years 44 weeks 13 hours 51 min ago


PDF is an ISO Standard

Wikipedia identifies the Portable Document Format as the ISO 32000 standard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Document_Format

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