It probably comes as no surprise to most people that I think current intellectual property laws are poorly designed and more harmful to society than helpful. A new report from the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights goes even further in their description of the dangers of current intellectual property laws. They point out that, in many cases, intellectual property laws are very bad for the poor, and delays the growth of new ideas and technology. The report recommends that many developing nations not set up a similar draconian intellectual property system. I have to say I'm surprised, but glad, to see that this topic is receiving some serious debate. Too many people seem to assume that current intellectual property laws must make sense. There are better ways to support intellectual property without resorting to laws that actually hold back innovation.
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