geert lovink on Thu, 5 Jul 2001 01:37:10 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Demystifying intellectual property issues

From: "Holger Blasum" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 6:56 AM
Subject: Demystifying intellectual property issues

Geert has suggested that this audience might be interested in a contribution
I made to the Oekonux conference which was held in Dortmund last April.

"Demystifying intellectual property issues"

   The creation of IP rights in modern history can be portrayed as a very
   nice illustration of the influence of various pressure groups grazing
   the commons. This view invalidates the natural right theory of
   intellectual property (IP) and leaves contract theory - however
   economists often found specific IP rights difficult to justify. A
   minimal alternative (trademarks only) and a moderate alternative
   (trademarks, industry-specific patents and short copyright) are
   discussed. Concluding are some speculations on the comparative neglect
   IP has received politically.

The URL is

Many contributions to the conference on hardware, software, politics,
and free software from a left-wing point of view (mostly in German) are
trickling in at
Also in English: Graham Seaman, Free Hardware Design - Past, Present, Future


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