Intellectual property, Friend or Foe?

"How can we justify locking up the world's science and art so that corporations, publishing houses and other gatekeepers can control what we know and what we think? Information wants to be free?"

The quote above was inspired by American writer Stewart Brand, who spoke at the first hackers conference in 1984.

Here’s the full quote from Stewart Brand:

"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."

So is Intellectual

Property Pro-Foe?

Steve Wozniak might support what she had to say. Click below for the full video.

The woman in the video above probably wouldn't agree with this guy here, who says slavery and intellectual property were two things the American founders got wrong in the constitution.

"Allowing someone to pimp out the force of government to stop someone from using their ideas does not promote the progress of science and useful arts!"

Watch more of this Crash Course video and listen to understand why the friend or foe argument has always presented challenges. Also, his argument isn't calling it friend or foe. Instead, we should strike a balance.

Why does this argument matter?

Yes, it's this guy again. But it's worth watching. To me, he explains the history of intellectual property much better than what I've read elsewhere and he clearly explains why this topic matters.

Final Thoughts

Conclusion: Intellectual property is FRENEMY

Winning Argument by Tony Rogers
Final Thoughts