The history of intellectual property is a history of misinformation

The history of intellectual property is a history of misinformation. Even the basic terminology is misleading. Copyrights and patents don’t confer rights, they impose restrictions. Throughout history people freely re-used anything they saw and heard, from engineering principles to music. Civilization somehow developed a vast array of technology and culture in spite of this freedom. Then patents and copyrights came along and defined this normal, customary, intuitive human behavior as Evil. Taking it a step further, the rights industry has redefined rights as property, which reduces the concept of infringement to a purse-snatching and lets them play the part of the little old lady. Predefining yourself as the injured party in a way that’s highly intuitive to the average person is a lot simpler than debating a concept such as Fair Use.

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