Re: FYI: Final Cloning Position Paper (fwd)

Jeff coulter (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 15:35:37 -0500

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > All civilized societies also recognize common concepts of intellectual
> > property, notably concepts like the patent, copyright, and trademarks.
> This is manifestly false,... Patents and Copyrights are coercive monopolies, not> properties (trademarks, in contrast, /are/ properties because their use by non-owners constitutes making a fraudulent substantive claim).

I would disagree with your concept of property. Inventions, techniques,
etc. are patented b/c the represent the the intensive work product of an
individual. To steal this workproduct without the permission of the one
who truly created it would be tantamount to taking credit for something
you did not create (plagirism or using a trademark).
Not having a system of protections for these future oriented people
would give the lazy and oportunistic the right to benefit from the work
of others - not a very libertarian concept. Besides, patents expire
(voila IBM clones) giving others the right to benefit from the
advancement, but also giving the individual(s) their just rewards.

Jeff Coulter