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If collaboration is indeed the future, then practicing this gift from Nature under and within the auspices of the Open Source World is our greatest hope of a sustainable equitable society.
There are many sound reasons for adopting openness.
Reasons that once understood, arouse, inspire, and stimulate the intellect with the splendor of sharing.
And the sheer limitless possibilities and opportunities sharing offers.
Open source can best be described as Genuine Sharing.
It fosters a mindset that addresses, seeks, and finds, solutions to the increasingly intractable system of competition where one gets swept up by and lost in an intricate maze of legality.
Almost every time a new move is contemplated.
This energy sapping intricate maze not only withers the Human Spirit, but wastes valuable time and resources that could, and should, be put to productive use. This is the sorry world we have allowed Copyright and Patents to become.
The original purpose of a Patent, effectively a monopoly on a process, granted by the State for a fixed period of time and protected by the Law of the Land, was simply to encourage and support discovery, invention, and innovation, leading to ever expanding industry and prosperity for all.
Working within this protected environment thus enabled a Patent Holder to confidently invest in the developing, building, and marketing of an innovative idea. Recover costs and hopefully make a profit. Without every non thinking, rapacious, Tom, Dick, and Harry free-loading on his or her every move.
All to be achieved before the patent expired and the relevant knowledge entered the Public Domain.
In theory this is an attractive idea, but in reality it has evolved into a dog eat dog world.
Dog eat dog means ruthless competition.
This is a misnomer. In the wild, dogs are renowned for teamwork and sharing.
The original criterion to obtain a Patent required that an applicant's idea or concept, in a given Profession, must be of the order that it is not obvious to others skilled in the art of that particular profession.
This too, while on the surface seems a sound idea, is entirely arbitrary. It tends to assume that everyone skilled in a given profession is at the same level of understanding. A casual look at our Technological History immediately refutes this assumption.
Thinking men and women avoid assuming anything where ever possible.
To firmly remind myself of the dangers of assuming without appropriate investigation, and the importance of Truth, I keep in mind the maxim, “To assume makes an ass out of u and me”
It would seem obvious that protection for Intellectual Property is essential considering our present state, and understanding, of civil, and personal, development.
Humans are still very much warmongers. Unbridled emotions overriding the options of intelligence and reason. The violence waged against each other in so called civilized societies, in relation to intellectual property, is mostly psychological.
The mere threat of a lawsuit for instance, can bring business or projects to a standstill. Creating widespread disruption. This is the intention of the perpetrators and from their viewpoint is considered a “win”.
Determined retaliation follows. The antagonists are dealt an equal blow. Struggling humanity suffers another stab to it's heart of advancement and staggers side ways in a brave effort to remain upright.
Our current mainstream methods of trade secrets, copyright, and patents are bona fide efforts to protect ourselves from non thinkers who prey on their own species.
But based in exclusion and denial of rights, these well intentioned Laws are easily and readily abused by the unscrupulous.
Thwarting the very process they are meant to nurture.
The imposition of exclusion has been and always will be the Human Race's common enemy. No matter the field it be practiced in.
Paradoxically, Open Source achieves real protection by allowing unlimited access to all knowledge under it's auspices. In securing said protection, no benefits provided by the Law of the Land are foregone.
Open source enhances the protection of intellectual property by removing the temptation to the unethical of gaining exclusive possession of any body of knowledge for the realistic, unequivocal reason that that knowledge is available to all who are aware of intellectual freedom.
This significant deterrent to unconscionable operators has no detrimental effect on we Good Humans who use open source intellectual property in accordance with the permissive guidelines provided by the license terms under which such property is made available. And, or, who use patents, in good faith.
The profitability or otherwise, of a given project or venture embarked
upon in the open source world then, is dependant on the thinking ability,
innovative technical and marketing skills, implementation ability, and
service provided to the end user by the developer and promoter of the
given undertaking. In other words real competition.
Proving beyond any reasonable doubt that Open Source Knowledge is not something for nothing. It is an environment of give and take. And it is the means to creative progress without the hindrance and handicap of exclusion that frustrates much of the business world activity at present.
Personal development rocks!
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