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This American Life did a very interesting and fascinating examination of how US patent law is 100% utter bullshit. It does exactly the opposite of what it is meant to do and is just there as rent seeking by lawyers and companies who solely exist to sue people for violating patents that are for things that have already been invented.
The whole episode can be heard by clicking this link
It's my opinion that intellectual property should be abolished in all forms as the way the courts work only the rich can possibly benefit from copyright laws. The people these laws hit hardest are the small start up companies that don't have the resources to defend themselves which creates a barrier to entry for innovators as patent holders and copyright owners can always out spend legitimate inventors and people creating works that are for fair use.
Though it's also my position that capitalism should be abolished as well considering the only way the system works is if the rich can possibly benefit from it. The people this system hits hardest are the working people who don't have the resources to defend themselves since they can only survive by selling their labor power for the lowest wage necessary to maintain and reproduce it.
Though, I'm not sure what discussion I can have about patent laws beyond saying that "they're bad". Because, you know, they're bad. So I'll just leave it at that and hope that you take the time to check out the link to TAL. At worse it will help you fall a sleep. At best you'll learn something new.
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