Do We Really Need To Have Copyright At All?
from the changing-the-debate dept
I’ve been having this exact discussion with people for a while now. So many people go with the implicit assumption that various intellectual property laws like copyright and patents are necessary (even if they think they should be reformed drastically). However, some are beginning to question whether or not we need copyrights at all. A recent study has shown that the “benefits” from copyrights are overblown while the costs are underestimated (you can see a copy of that paper online here). I think this is a topic worthy of debate, which many people automatically cut off, saying that we simply need intellectual property protection. I’m not yet convinced of that.