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"Intellectual property" - patents and copyrights - became arguable. We witness children being sued for "pirating" song - and we discover AIDS sufferers in Africa loss of life as a result of inability to pay for medicines which are costly to fulfill patent holders. Are patents and copyrights necessary to thriving production and innovation - can we desire them in order that all of us could take pleasure in high-quality track and strong future health? throughout time and area the resounding solution is: No. So-called highbrow estate is actually an "intellectual monopoly" that hinders instead of is helping the aggressive loose industry regime that has introduced wealth and innovation to our doorsteps. This e-book has vast insurance of either copyrights and patents and is designed for a normal viewers, targeting uncomplicated examples. The authors finish that the single brilliant coverage to stick to is to put off the patents and copyright structures as they at the moment exist.

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This was a fact that greatly upset Charles Dickens, whose works, along with those of many other English authors, were widely distributed in the United States, and “yet American publishers found it profitable to make arrangements 10:35 P1: KNP CUUS245-02 head margin: 1/2 gutter margin: 7/8 cuus245 978 0 521 87928 6 Creation under Competition May 28, 2008 23 with English authors. Evidence before the 1876–8 Commission shows that English authors sometimes received more from the sale of their books by American publishers, where they had no copyright, than from their royalties in [England],”11 where they did have copyright.

However, although we may hope to live lives free of boredom in the absence of intellectual monopoly, what about invention, the driving force of economic growth and prosperity? Would we benefit from all of the machines, drugs, and ideas that surround us if not for the beneficent force of patent law? Can we risk the foundation of our prosperity and growth by eliminating patents? In fact, the evidence shows that the invention of marvelous machines, drugs, and ideas does not require the spur of patents.

The encrypted books tend to be by the best-known authors. When we collected data on September 1, 2002, for example, the most highly rated book (by purchasers) was encrypted. Both types of books sell for a similar price – about $5 for a novel. com also provides some sales data: it lists the top twenty-five recent best sellers and the top twenty-five best sellers for the past six months. On the randomly chosen date of September 1, 2002, no encrypted e-book appeared on either list. Almost three years later, on August 10, 2005 – stop laughing, it took us a while to revise this book – the situation has changed somewhat in favor of encrypted books but not dramatically so.

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