Re: Patent breakthrough- maybe we don't need them after all?

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Wed Mar 15 2000 - 09:47:36 MST

> The problem is that it is so easy to counterfeit information, while it
> takes a much greater investment to counterfeit material goods.
> Especially in an age where integrity, honesty, honor, and loyalty all
> have lost their meanings, I would prefer the rule of law in such
> situations rather than giving in to the barbarians. I would be John
> Galt, rather than to aid others without recompense.

John Galt didn't seek a government-granted monopoly on his engine;
he locked it in a room and sold the power it generated like a good
capitalist, no patents needed. Too bad he didn't realize how much
more fabulously wealthy the gulch would have been (including him)
if he had also allowed others to build the engines and find new
applications for them and improve them.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC

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