Saturday, November 19, 2005

 

Democratcs against innovation

David Alpert criticizes the intentions to force the whole world follow the American copyright laws.
"Protect the intellectual property of American innovators worldwide, strengthen the patent system, and end the diversion of patent fees."

I don't have any problem with ending diversion of patent fees, but "protect the intellectual property of American innovators worldwide" is code for creating more and more draconian copyright penalties in trade agreements with other countries, which further stifles innovation around the world and comes back to bite American innovators when the content companies then push for "harmonizing" US law with the very laws that the US itself has pushed for internationally. And if anything, the patent system in many industries is too strong right now

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