In reading through stories on the ridiculous levels to which intellectual property rules are taken, we've seen a number of stories over the years about defense contractors trying to get toy model makers to pay up for making models of weapons these contractors provide the US government. Now, AgainstMonopoly points us to the news that a congressman has slipped language into a bill that would pass the intellectual property rights concerning such weapons onto the US gov't. Of course, the government isn't about to then let model makers off without a charge. It will collect the money for licensing fees itself. The defense contractors are apparently fighting back against this, both for the toymaker revenue and the crucial point over who actually owns the intellectual property on the designs of their weapons. With the recent stories about Russia trying to enforce IP rights over the AK-47, perhaps it's not such a small issue -- no matter how ridiculous it may seem.
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