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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property is something I thought about for many years. I had many different views on it and I keep coming to one conclusion. It's a lot easier when you look at this from a moral stand point of right and wrong.

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property are rights granted to people over ideas and other intangible objects. These are best known as patents and copyrights. The whole basis boils down to the fact that the hard work of someone, even though it is intangible, is the property of the creator.

I ran into a lot of conflict with my views on this because I use to think of ways of efficiency instead of right and wrong.

The Moral View

The moral view is very simple. The hard work a person, even though it is intangible (like music or software), is the owner of the creator. If a person wants to benefit from this creation, they need to compensate the creator of it. As simple as that. That's the only thing that is right.

You just can't morally steal someone's hard work. Most of us don't deal with intellectual property in our life, but if we were making a living off of it we would be furious if someone stole our hard work and used it to their benefit without fairly compensating us.

I see websites on the internet that have Hollywood movie exchanges. That is illegal and bad enough, but these sites make a profit from their sites by charging memberships. They are making money off the hard work of movie makers. Even though I think most of the movies are horrible, but these people spend millions of dollars on this and people are just ripping them off. That is wrong.


The criticism comes down to efficiency for the consumer. Think of a business created the cure for cancer. They would essentially own that cure. That in itself isn't a good or bad thing. The main concern is that people can monopolize ideas.

Personally, I think they have every right to monopolize it. They created it. If a business created a cure for cancer they would of spent years and millions of dollars developing it. They would of spent even more money on testing it. If it hit the shelves for people to take home and cure themselves, there would be a "looter" there waiting to steal the product and start selling it. They didn't spend the millions to develop and test it. They just stole it, and that is wrong.

What is intellectual property? It is rights granted over intangible ideas such as music, software and ideas. The correct way of looking at this is from a moral point of view. Ideas, even though they are not tangible, are still the property of the creator. We can't have people sitting around looking to steal people's ideas. That is my take on intellectual property.


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