Intellectual Property

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Is there a role for government in the regulation of intellectual property?

In this episode, we bring in Matt as a guest host as we discuss the merits of intellectual property, and determine what rights you have over your thoughts, and whether or not the protection of your thoughts should be left up to the government.

Informing this discussing, among other things, are:

  1. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution which states, “[The Congress shall have the power] to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
  2. “It would be a dangerous undertaking for persons trained only to the law to constitute themselves judges of the worth of pictorial illustrations outside of the narrowest and most obvious limits.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  3. “On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” – Stewart Brand, American writer
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