[d@DCC] What is "intellectual property"?
jyoung at lexinformatica.org
Thu Sep 26 21:20:58 EDT 2002
>The protection is offered by the Copyright act. If the concept of
>ownership applies at all, what they 'own' is not the expression but the
>copyright. Whatever rights that 'ticket' allows them is what they own,
Without expression, there can be no copyright protection. Giving
copyright some unique life of its own separate from expression of the
idea engenders the expropriation attitude, which I think you
correctly point out is a big problem.
>If it is understood that they only own 'whatever rights that these laws
>offer at this time and place', and not the idea itself (or even an
>expression of the idea), this clarifies things considerably.
Nobody is saying they own the idea, unless you're talking about biz
patents and then we're into a whole other ballgame. But copyright is
about owning - in a limited sense - the particular expression of an
idea. There's no getting around that unless you want to get rid of
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