Commit bfa8f4e1 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman

Add footnote about "intellectual property rights".

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other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more
difficult.
People who have studied the issue of intellectual property rights
People who have studied the issue of intellectual property rights(6)
carefully (such as lawyers) say that there is no intrinsic right to
intellectual property. The kinds of supposed intellectual property
rights that the government recognizes were created by specific acts of
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(5) A group of computer companies recently pooled funds to support
maintenance of the GNU C Compiler.
(6) In the 80s I had not yet realized how confusing it was to speak
of "the issue" of "intellectual property". That term is obviously
biased; more subtle is the fact that it lumps together various
disparate laws which raise very different issues. Nowadays I urge
people to reject the term "intellectual property" entirely, lest it
lead others to suppose this is one coherent issue. The way to be
clear is to to discuss patents, copyrights, and trademarks separately.
See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html.
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