Office of Management and Budget is asking for input on the costs and risks of intellectual property infringement.
I offered my opinion that illegal copying helped M$ obtain a monopoly by blocking competing operating systems from the market along with information about top-grossing motion pictures and suffering writers. You should too.
Check it out at OMB.
I suggested that creating copyright and patent protection was enough for intellectual property. Should they do anything more for M$? Look what it has cost so far:
- sure, billions flowed into the USA, but
- more billions were needed to fight malware which roamed freely in the monoculture of the desktop PC and patch and re-re-reboot…
So, the USA should avoid unintended consequences and let the market decide.
Update: Shortly after writing this article, a post on The Inquirer reveals that a lobbying group for intellectual property advocates that Brazil, India and Indonesia be placed under scrutiny for recommending FLOSS. FLOSS btw is based on copyright and does assist capitalists making money, just not in the lazy man’s way of watching it roll in. IBM has made a ton of money promoting FLOSS.
Pathetic losers like these if followed will lead to the return of the Dark Ages for USA industry.