Intellectual Property and Copyrights / Patents are Sacred? Bah! Humburg!Submitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 09/23/2010 - 10:34
Copyrights patents are a government sanction monopoly on intellectual property. Since the majority of copyrights / patents are purchased by corporations, the creator of intellectual property don’t benefit as much or as often as you might think. Artists receive a paltry fraction of the profits from music and videos and inventors sometime receive nothing at all, frequently being unable to develop their inventions, defend their inventions against patent infringement or because they developed the invention while employed by a corporation or government agency.
Writer Ib Melchior created “Space Family Robinson” as a comic book before producer Irwin Allen created “Lost in Space,” featuring a family named “Robinson”. Melchior knew a suit against Allen was career suicide. Not until the feature film, “Lost in Space” was released over thirty years later was Melchior given credit, if not financial compensation.
The two creators of “Superman” received only their usual salaries, as they worked
for Detective Comics.
Pioneer electrical inventor Armstrong, father of FM, committed suicide after fighting AM radio producers for years.
The inventor of interval windshield wipers went bankrupt suing the auto makers for patent infringement, even though he WON.
Frequently, composers and film producers lose control of their intellectual property, particularly when they “accidentally” go bankrupt.
Patents and copyrights in the hands of large corporations are more often a disincentive to innovation, rather than an incentive. Individuals fear to expand on many ideas and innovations, knowing corporations have “deep pockets” and can ruin them.
Since a patent / copyright is a state-sanction monopoly, the state has every right to set terms on that monopoly. I propose that undeveloped or un-marketed patents expire and can not be renewed. This will prevent the idiocy which suddenly made “Happy Birthday to You” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” the exclusive property of someone who had no part in their creation. This would also prevent corporations from purchasing up patents to new technology in order to suppress it.
WHO knows where ideas come from? Do you really believe your “5 pound meat computer” is the source? While I am a strong believer in property rights, I do NOT believe that allows me to deny the benefits of my property WHEN IT CAN BE SHARED.