It's no secret that we believe that current intellectual property laws are a problem -- not because of any particular philosophy, but because we see the real harm that many of those laws are doing in holding back innovation, which is the core of our economy. However, most discussions around intellectual property reform either degenerate into silly arguing or focus around reforming the tiniest aspects of it (and often to make laws worse, not better). However, some very smart people are now getting together to push for real intellectual property reform, looking at it not as a way to adjust the current system, but to rewrite the current system from scratch, taking into account new technologies and what innovation really means. The coverage of this new "charter" is interesting, but reading the actual charter is worth a minute of your time. It displays a recognition of the core points that many people have been making over the last few years: intellectual property is a monopoly right that should only be granted in very specific cases, rather than handed out to everyone.
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