“Intellectual Property” as an umbrella term and as propaganda: A reply to Richard Stallman

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February 12, 2012
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  
Posted in Commentary

"Free software advocate Richard Stallman, a critic of some aspects of IP law (though not completely consistently, and not from a libertarian perspective), emailed me recently to suggest that we opponents of IP should not use the term 'Intellectual Property' to include patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, etc., for two reasons. First: the term is biased in favor of the legitimacy of various IP laws. Second, it is inappropriate to treat various legal regimes under a common heading, as they are all very different. I agree with the first but not with the second point." (02/10/12)



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