Against Intellectual Monopoly (Hardback)
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Short Description for Against Intellectual Monopoly This book argues that patents and copyrights are not necessary for innovation and overall do not serve the public good.
- Published: 01 September 2008
- Format: Hardback 312 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521879286 ISBN 10: 0521879280
- Sales rank: 402,533
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'Intellectual property' - patents and copyrights - have become controversial. We witness teenagers being sued for 'pirating' music - and we observe AIDS patients in Africa dying due to lack of ability to pay for drugs that are high priced to satisfy patent holders. Are patents and copyrights essential to thriving creation and innovation - do we need them so that we all may enjoy fine music and good health? Across time and space the resounding answer is: No. So-called intellectual property is in fact an 'intellectual monopoly' that hinders rather than helps the competitive free market regime that has delivered wealth and innovation to our doorsteps. This book has broad coverage of both copyrights and patents and is designed for a general audience, focusing on simple examples. The authors conclude that the only sensible policy to follow is to eliminate the patents and copyright systems as they currently exist.