April 13, 2010
 

The Atlantic Project Presents: Who Will Own Your Next Idea?

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Ten: Nobody can own an idea. Anybody that tries will be frustrated. Sure, you can try to own a delivery method or channel, but that is not the same thing. Right now, we have patents and copyright. Both systems have to be overhauled and have their time-frames readjusted. Note that both were introduced to stimulate the economy, and both are currently being used to throttle innovation.

Responses below and more can be found on "the Atlantic. Project" blog.

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Nine: When lawyers cannot force exclusivity, the "owner" is whoever can sustain control - usually by making the most money with the idea.

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Eight: Ideas are hard to own when possession is nine tenths of the law.

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Seven: Google already does.

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Six: Whoever is directly above me in the food chain at the office who will then pass it off as their own.

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Five: An idea always belongs to its creator. Someone else only has the right to use it, not own it.

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Four: The world is a "heartbreaking," "devastating" "pirate bazaar" in which counterfeiters with "no sense of morality" steal billions from America's moviemakers.

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Three: Behind the prognostications of the anti-copyrightists is the assumption that we are living in a time of unprecedented change -- a "radically new culture" created by the transition from "atoms to bits."

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Two: In intellectual-property circles "Article 2B" is shorthand for proposed changes in that portion of the Uniform Commercial Code.

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One: Today the marketplace of ideas is being shaken up by the competing demands of technology, finance, and law. Large sums of money are at stake. Change seems inevitable.

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Zero: Think. Again.

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