How the French turned exclusive privilege into property
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Started by: pieterhpieterh
Date: 15 Nov 2007 21:53
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Exclusive privileges - patents - are a natural right, a reward for innovation, an incentive to invent, an incentive to disclose. Do these arguments sound familiar? They should: they are the arguments used by every patent advocate when they explain to us why we need, for our own sake, patents on software. What few people know is that these arguments date to the mid-19th century, when economists fought with patent advocates over the establishment of a patent system, and lost.
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