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Intellectual property rights Legislation provides legal protection for productions of the Human mind.
Institutions that are protected include Copyright, Trademarks, Patents, and Design.
These Institutions are becoming more integrated into our daily lives as we spread our creative wings.
Recognizing the wealth of opportunities the Internet is offering to escape the coop of mind deadening conformity, we can make a prosperous living from self expression.
To accomplish this, we, and our economies, are dependent on our understanding Intellectual property rights Legislation that elicits respect and fidelity.
With machines superseding Humans in the mechanical drudgery of repetitious production line monotony in many traditional occupations, we are compelled to confront the reality that we have entered a new and exciting era.
Societies, hence economies, are fast becoming ever more reliant on the manipulation of knowledge and artistic talent. Not merely to live more comfortably, but importantly, to generate dependable income streams. This is a good thing, and how this is stabilized and maintained should be of vital concern to us all.
Protecting intellectual property is essential, because, in a competitive world, the most aggressive will win.
In a corrupt world, the most vicious will win.
In a violent world, the most savage will win.
In an intelligent civilized world, we all win.
Today, we are living in all of these worlds.
Correspondingly, until we evolve into an entirely intelligently civilized world, protection of intellectual property in the form of globally standardized legislation will be our front line defense to deal with the iniquitous consequences of abuse.
The emphasis is on defense.
Immorality and ignorance, the two major causes of transgression, cannot be legislated out of existence, and must be dealt with from another perspective.
As seems customary when Humans do things, Intellectual property rights legislation is more complicated than necessary and differs from dominion to dominion.
Ad hoc reciprocal protection arrangements between countries serves as a makeshift structure towards the seemingly arduous goal of instituting a Global Standard.
In the meantime the most astute move we can make in this minefield of confusion is to research and comprehend legislation in our own jurisdiction.
And if necessary, seek competent professional advice.
Valiant and intelligent efforts are being made towards this desirable, increasingly urgent goal. But global standardization of Intellectual property rights Legislation is merely a preliminary step to a possible planet-wide utopia in a brave new world where anyone with an idea can theoretically exploit it.
Of much more significance is the necessity of structuring a standard along lines that elicits the confident and enthusiastic approval of creator, distributor, and consumer at large. That means pretty much everyone.
If we are all purposely included and involved, we will feel we own it and it will be self policing.
This is a good time to pause and consider just where we are, in this process.
From what I have gathered from research, it would seem we are at that stage of advancement as we were during early industry where the metal screw thread was well established, but not standardized. And pretty much every manufacturer used their own thread form.
manufacturer believing his to be superior. Today, the metric thread form reigns supreme, ably supported by a number of subsidiary thread forms.
Open Source Licensing possesses the potential to be the metric thread of intellectual property publishing. Supported by whatever subsidiary legal protections prove necessary to maintain a free and open society.
Open Source is a standard readily understood and easily complied with by both creative producers and passive consumers.
With the opportunities the WWW is presenting, and Humanity is rapidly exploiting, we are each becoming one and the same. That is, creative producer and passive consumer.
Individually, and in tandem with institutions, we can contribute to the consolidation of universally welcomed and accepted Intellectual property rights Legislation by adopting open source licensing wherever practical. Indicating to legislators just where our sentiments lay.
The Power of open source knowledge sharing lies in the fact that all our licensing decisions are voluntary. Made from a perspective of considered awareness of the incalculable value and benefits of this sharing, as opposed to the dangers of hoarding.
Open Minds Rock!
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