Difference between revisions of "Intellectual property"

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Mr. Stallman has called the use of intellectual property by publishers of non-free works "a seductive mirage".[1] As I understand it, his points are as follows:

  • "Intellectual property" conflates the respective purposes and scope of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret law.
  • "Intellectual property" further conflates the respective purposes and scope of these legal traditions with those of laws governing land use.
  • Abbreviation as "IP" implies that these conflations should have been well accepted enough that the reader should take them for granted.