Friday, January 07, 2005

Intellectual Property

Interesting inteview from Bill Gates. Particularly this paragraph.

"No, I'd say that of the world's economies, there's more that believe in intellectual property today than ever. There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist (emphasis added)."

It reminds me of this fable, and this quote from Thomas Jefferson (the quote is at the top of the page, but read the entire article, it's worth it).

On a funny side note, while trying to find the above Jefferson quote, I found this Microsoft site, which tried to charge me to obtain the quote in it's entirety. Obviously there are no 'communists' working at Microsoft!

It is a messy, messy issue. But one worth watching.

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