Does IBM Freeing Patents Really Need An Explanation?

from the scary dept

Want to know just how far the debate over intellectual property has been skewed these days? A few months after IBM decided to free up approximately 500 patents they weren't really using in hopes of stimulating growth in other areas, the NY Times felt it was necessary to write a whole article explaining how it was actually possible to profit from freely sharing information. The disturbing part is that the article frames this in a way suggesting that most business people these days probably wouldn't think it was possible to profit by releasing info so that others could improve on it and offer more that will come back to help IBM. This is what we get when we allow our education system to be outsourced to the entertainment industry, who go around telling kids that anything free is obviously bad and "stolen."

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.