The "intellectual property" misnomer

Ben Finney bignose-hates-spam at
Sun Jul 13 14:50:10 CEST 2003

On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 13:33:32 +0200, Anton Vredegoor wrote:
> Probably nothing good can come from using it. I am not saying that it
> cannot be used to prevent something bad, but that it's probably better
> to try to do something good ...

Thank you.  I am in complete agreement with this sentiment, but you've
expressed it simpler than I did.

> if an idea has any quality it almost always depends on the ideas of a
> lot of other people. Therefore ideas are very unlikely to be
> "undivided" property, unless the intellectual level is very low.

This was in large part my basis for stating the term was meaningless.

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