Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights

Post by Wayne Fellow » Fri, 24 Jul 1998 04:00:00

Anyone have any ideas about how the (presumably) soon-to-be-ratified
Intellectual Property Rights Treaty will effect the free software movement?
 I think it may be the best thing to ever happen.  The idea of a publicly
owned sourcecode is certainly attractive in light of the treaty's stand on
reverse engineering to isolate defects in commercial products.

1. Does innovation require intellectual property rights

March 2003

Creation Myths
Does innovation require intellectual property rights?

By Douglas Clement

".. As for software, Boldrin refers to an MIT working paper by
economists Eric Maskin and James Bessen. Maskin and Bessen write that
"some of the most innovative industries today -- software, computers
and semiconductors -- have historically had weak patent protection and
have experienced rapid imitation of their products .."

".. Moreover, U.S. court decisions in the 1980s that strengthened
patent protection for software led to less innovation. "Far from
unleashing a flurry of new innovative activity," Maskin and Bessen
write, "these stronger property rights ushered in a period of
stagnant, if not declining, R&D among those industries and firms that
patented most." Industries that depend on sequential product
development -- the initial version is followed by an improved second
version, etc. -- are, they argue, likely to be stifled by stronger
intellectual property regimes .."

2. Avoiding socket hangs.....!

3. Intellectual property rights

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7. Proposal: Liberated Intellectual Property Organization (LIPO)

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9. intellectual property and the GPL

10. contamination with UNIX intellectual property and job changes


12. Seminar: GPL versus Intellectual Property

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