In response to Dougald Hines call for articles around the theme COMMONSense. and this has been bubbling under for some time now, so it’s time to splurge.
Intellectual Property is theft
Let us not decieve ourselves any longer, all forms of property and property rights are about control and power. They change the rules of the world, and make us play zero sum games.
The fencing off and privatising of the “Commons” represents nothing less than theft from the community, it prevents the community from utilising a resource that belongs to us all. It artificially conveys rights to the priviledged and the powerful, enabling them to control the flow of resources. This applies to the Intellectual as well as the Physical Commons.
Ideas are not ours to possess, they are not our solitary creations. They’re built on foundations of years of prior thought, innovation and perception. An idea is just waiting to be spotted, just because there is a cost attached to look for it, doesn’t mean you have the right to it when you stumble across it. Proprietary rights prevent social advancement, imagine if we had IP before the wheel, the spade and the plough.
If restricting access to ideas and knowledge results in death, what right have we to put profit over people?
Freedom is a word touted by the Capitalist ecosystem, without commons access we are not free.
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