Intellectual Property


A provocative statement: "Intellectual Property is theft from the Public Domain". Of course its provocative, but this only seems fair in respect to the common (or is it "lawyerish") notion of what Intellectual Property is supposed to be. People publishing said Intellectual Property (called IP in the following), without the consent of the owner of the IP are given names like "Pirates" and "Thiefs". Note that the very meaning of "publishing" comes from the latin publicare, making available to the public. Again, public is latin for people. So if lawyers call a publisher a thief, I call this theft of public domain.

Peter Keel, 2000