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Re: [ProgSoc] nanotech and IP



On Tue, 15 May 2001, James Wan wrote:

> Cos people would have done r&d for creating these machines you dimwit. IP
> applies to new and inventive things. Wake up your ridiculous anarchist
> world that you'll never be able to live in.

IP laws are designed to extend monopolies.  They seek to protect revenue
(almost never for the people who actually *do* the research, of course) by
preventing other people from duplicating pretty much anything.

What purpose would IP laws have in an environment where anything can be
created?  If hardware can be duplicated with the same ease software
currently is duplicated, who benefits from keeping hardware secret?  IP
"owners" benefit at the direct expense of *everybody* else.  This is
nonsensical.

Alister


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