[ExI] IP vs. a free society/was Re: medical marijuana

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 20 16:00:15 UTC 2010


Also, it isn't whether you own it or not. That's the question at issue with IP: 
whether it is indeed owned.

Finally, IP as it exists now, isn't just about someone copying what someone else 
has done. It's also about preventing others from independently doing the same 
things. For instance, you invent some new product and get it patented. Imagine 
someone else, with no knowledge of your product, comes up with the same thing -- 
"same" from the perspective of current law. While that person didn't copy your 
work, she will most likely be prevented from selling that product.



----- Original Message ----
From: Damien Sullivan <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu>
To: rafal at smigrodzki.org; ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Mon, July 19, 2010 1:49:28 AM
Subject: Re: [ExI] medical marijuana

On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 02:12:48PM -0400, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:

>    A socially progressive solution would be of course to have unlimited
>    duration of universally binding patent protection on all new drugs,
>    without any price restrictions imposed by illegitimate third parties
>    (governments). In this way inventors would have the incentive and the

No governments, no patents.

Takes the power of a government to tell me I can't copy a book I own, or
imitate a machine or drug I saw in public.

-xx- Damien X-) 
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