Re: NEWS: Genoa riots

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 01:50:07 MDT

On Tue, Jul 24, 2001 at 04:00:22PM -0400, Michael Wiik wrote:
> I'm all for free trade, but am curious if such is possible without world
> government. As more and more trade is in the form of intellectual
> property instead of physical manufactured goods, then the law
> enforcement actions necessary to protect the IP holders would seem to
> require increasingly global coordination of policies.

As others have pointed out, treaties can do that job. But there is
another hidden assumption here: that IP needs a lot of government
enforcement. I would think that if IP requires a lot of government
enforcement, then there is something wrong with the current system of IP
and we should try to find a better one pronto.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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