Patents, copyrights, and slavery

Patents and copyrights have many things in common with slavery.  For example, all three were sanctioned by the original U.S. constitution.  It took the civil war to get slavery removed from the constitution.  What will it take to get rid of patents and copyrights?

But I am getting ahead of myself.  All three institutions involve artificial ownership:  of human beings, of methods of doing something, or of words and sounds and images.  All were controversial when incorporated into the constitution.  All have evil effects on individuals for the benefit of the so-called owners.  And all are unnecessary.

It is for this reason that I do not patent my inventions or apply restrictions to the use of my writing.  I find the above self-evident, but I expect it may be a long time before patents and copyrights cease to exist.  But clear thinking people can refuse to participate in  artificial ownership which places restrictions on the freedom of others.


3 Responses to “Patents, copyrights, and slavery”

  1. 0xff Says:

    Well maybe there is a precedence. Perhaps when the “no-op” sequences of DNA are finally understood, they will be see to be contain a copyright notice!

  2. archimerged Says:

    Then copyright would be a natural phenomenon, which it isn’t. It is an artificial monolopy that IMHO does not make sense anymore. The work should be paid out of taxes in some way, preferably not by bureacrats. Requiring each person to pay some fraction of taxes into a fund, and distributing the fund in some fair way to people who create things, which individuals cannot rig so their contributions come back to themselves. I don’t know how to do it, but the current system is artificial and broken, and a new better artificial system is needed that doesn’t restrict freedom as much as the current system does.

  3. William Says:

    I understand the original concept of patents to protect an invention for a specific, relatively short, period of time to allow te inventor to profit from his labors. To renew a patent for trivial improvements is not in the best interest of the general public.

    Don Lancaster in one of his publications at: is an advocate of not patenting anything and make what profits you can while you can. Then go forward to something bigger and better!

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