Intellectual property is an illusion

I advocate the worldwide abolition of intellectual property rights. I suggest to remove the concept of “intellectual property” from our legislations. The result of intellectual work is just an immaterial idea and therefore something you cannot “own”.

At the very moment of publishing an idea, it becomes like the air and the earth and the sun: everybody may use it, and nobody may spoil it. Publishing an intellectual work should be an irrevocable act of sharing the result of your work with others and giving them permission to use and re-share your work, provided they respect your right of being identified as the author.

The term intellectual property currently encompasses property rights on intangible creations of the human intellect. These creations include artistic works like music, literature, movies and more subtle things like designs, slogans, symbols as well as scientific works like discoveries, inventions, software, methodologies, industrial standards.

The term also sometimes encompasses corporations, companies, trademarks which I suggest to handle differently as identities.

All these “things” can currently be protected as intellectual property. They can have an owner –or a group of owners– and can be sold to another owner. The owner is free to decide how these things are to be used. Using them without permission is equivalent to theft. The rules of this game are formulated as copyrights, patents, and trademarks,

The term “intellectual property” appeared first in the 19th century and became common in the majority of the world only in the late 20th century.

You have a genial idea about how to solve a common problem. You explain it to your neighbour. The neighbour writes an article about it and publishes that article in a scientific newspaper.

Where is the border between a spoken sentence and a recorded video clip. A single spoken sentence can be worth much more than a movie whose production took millons of euros.