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Introduction to Intellectual Property: Crash Course IP 1

Introduction to Intellectual Property: Crash Course IP 1

This week, Stan Muller launches the Crash Course Intellectual Property mini-series. So, what is intellectual property, and why are we teaching it? Well, intellectual property is about ideas and their ownership, and it’s basically about the rights of creators to make money from their work. Intellectual property is so pervasive in today’s world, we thought you ought to know a little bit about it. We’re going to discuss the three major elements of IP: Copyright, Patents, and Trademarks.

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Citation 1: Brand, Stewart. Quote from speech given at first Hackers’ Conference, 1984
Citation 2: Plato, Phaedrus. 390 BC p. 157

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32 Comments - Leave a Comment
  • Wardler -

    The primary objective of intellectual property law is to stifle innovation and prevent competition so that lazy business owners, writers, artists, or programmers can monopolize a particular product for their own monetary benefit.

  • Wardler -

    Nonphysical property: well there is no such thing. Considering that all data is stored, used, or manipulated in some physical form. Be it a hard drive or groups of neurons in a person's brain, ideas are real physical property. It is hard to imagine that just because someone had a similar grouping of neurons first that they now own a piece of your brain. In the same way it is quite plausible that just because someone arranged bits & bytes in a particular order for a piece of software or a sound file that they now own a piece of your hard drive.

    And if it is true that they do not own your brain or your hard drive or in fact your singing voice or artistic pen strokes then it is nothing less than assault under monopolistic intent should they extort money or use force or threats of force to impede on your voluntary and peaceful interaction with other people.

    That is why IP is illegitimate. It is poorly disguised form of government mandated monopoly.

  • Wardler -

    Intellectual property is bogus. Property rights are derived from our self ownership (which has it's own philosophical reasoning). You cannot believe in individual property rights and intellectual property at the same time.

    Intellectual property espouses that if someone has an idea first, then they own that idea and all of it's effects and productions. It means if you have the same idea of any sort in your own mind, that the "original" person who thought it now owns a piece of your person. It means that if you open your mouth to sing, someone else owns the sounds coming from your labor.

    Well, this is very clearly not true. Just because you listen to a song does not mean that the performer owns a piece of your person. And just because you sing a song does not mean the original performer now owns your labor. And in the same way if you copy digital bits in the same order as that in a sound file on another computer, that person does not own part of your hard drive.

    IP is just another government farce–a mafia style monopoly. It flies in the face of the non-aggression principle. It is hardly different than the first apple farmer preventing a second apple farm from opening on the other side of the country–just because the apples look nearly identical.

  • Patrick Andrews -

    3:00 balance the need to incentivise sharing of information and incentivise production of inventions(?) These two things are not really in opposition. The first doesn't need an incentive. The second is based on the idea that nobody invents things without a profit in mind. This is a specious argument, made by lawyers (who never have ideas) in support of their business. Companies need to start paying inventors without involving lawyers (whose only function is to create conflict).

  • Tyler Barker -

    Intelectual Property.. its kind of seems like a made up think.. to create a think tank. Like do you know how many catergories or Vocabulary words i could make up or put together, to create think tanks.

    I choose to just know people how there intrests and abilities. ( a base ball field as many positions, a basketball team does too, different sizes and different abilities, all put together) its make a intellegence community or team. Thats what was needed. The cool thing about it is, it put everybody else who "bought into the think tank deal, like actually paid for it contracted it" Its put them to work for us, Americans. I seen the FBI logo, on a Intectual property website or contract for example, I heard thepresident talk about "Intellectual Property" for example. It means they bought into the "deal" they got sold.

    Heres the stradedgy for hacker or somebody taking over inteclectual property.
    I say "cool" , you believe in intelectual property, Im gonna make you stick to that.. until your realize it sucks and holding you back, its causing you problems. Put them in there own think tank, then make them hate the think tank.. Boom i conquered intelectual property and the people who made it, along with the people they sold it to, along with the contracts and work they have to do to try to keep up, they have to do work, to keep up to speed.

    That is why is so important be honest, get your abilities out there,in writing in media, so you can expose the con artists… you get a following from it, its a good thing. A natural progression.

    Whats the difference between Intelectual Property and a Entuerpuenuer … nothing really its the exact same word meaning, so why resell entuerpunuer influence, as "intelectual property"..

    Trump Fires in California the ones burning up the cities and state, Is that that "Intellectual Property"? if i see it on T.V.? a little flame map of the fires that say "Trump FIre" we can make intelectual property believers or professionals "think" about it, put it in there tank. Trump Fire.. Alls we had to do is say it.. write it or type it.. The people he contracted to use Intecetecual Property stuff is going to be used by us, they will make it a "thing" for us for free Presidential Intellectual Property TGB the way i mean it..
    They can fight to make it a "thing" if they want, maybe take it through congress a couple times.

    Just be "American" its comes with all the good stuff… American intellegence is pretty awesome too. TGB the way i mean it. You guys called A.I. for awhile, i started developing it, American Intellegence TGB the way i mean it

  • lhpoetry -

    Life +70 is ridiculous. Period. It's all about publishing houses, and has nothing to do with protecting author's rights. Even if the artist is alive, 10-20, max 50 years should be the limitation before things go into Public domain.

    Also, copyright and digital media is completely unfair to developing countries, because 1)access to media is limited (Netflix, Vimeo, Spotify, Amazon, for example are usually technically region-blocked unless you use a VPN; still worse, Paypal is unavailable to creators) 2)If developing countries have access (Itunes for example), the prices are usually HIGHER than they are in the US, in countries where wages are as much as 10 or 100 times lower. 3)The regional DVD system is completely completely outdated in a digital, internet world, with many companies just not even bothering to release their work in in certain regions. 4)Unstable internet means that like, if I want to show this video in my class, I have to download it, and every time that Youtube updates their security, I have find a new way to download, just to share a simple video with my class.

    All of this in addition to the fact that access to digital media, like access to SMS services or cell phone coverage, is usually hyper-inflated in price to begin with. While I understand that an Avengers movie costs hundreds of millions of dollars to make, a digital, DRM-free copy of a movie shouldn't cost more than $10, an album, shouldn't cost more than $5, a book, probably no more than $7 or $20 in the case of a textbook maybe. I guess I'm okay with DRM for movies limiting me to one copy of something, but it should still be in a format I can move and use with my own player. Generally though, DRM is easily broken.

    Anyway, yes, intellectual property laws are important…however, the way the laws are now don't protect creators as much as they do media corporations. The Public domain as a concept has been destroyed by Life + 70, and these laws are more about greed and consolidating capital than they are about rewarding creative energies and creators who can't afford lawyers.

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  • Marsha Creary -

    I saw someone make a comment about employers who work for Disney. They said that their contract specifies that they own all intellectual property and they also referenced perpetuity. Are you familiar with that type of contract?

  • Round Square -

    Why is this juvenile trash in my recommended? Anyway, there is no evidence that IP promotes new ideas, and quite alot of data suggesting it serves only to prevent the discovery of new info.

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