Seems many people still ignore the fundamental historical reason for Patents and Copyright, so let me spell it out once again:

It is a deal between the author/inventor and society, backed by the state/authorities. In exchange for full disclosure of the invention (patents) or publishing the work to eventually become public domain (copyright) the authorities grant a limited monopoly. The original term was 14 years for both patents and copyright (Queen Anne).

The reason for this deal was to give an incentive to publish and thus make knowledge available to everyone - to ensure progress by sharing.

Always keep this in mind when thinking about or discussing the so-called "Intellectual Property" minefield. It's current form has perverted the original goal and thus needs to be readjusted back to its roots IMHO. That's what I am fighting for. #kthxbai´╗┐
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