Intellectual Property, Copyright, And Patents

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Copyright was incorporated to promote advancement of knowledge and to protect the right of the inventor, yet the law’s interpretation to the present society is doing the exact opposite. Intellectual Property consists of two systems in protecting your ideas and inventions, copyrights and patents. Patents are usually used for creators or inventions while copyright is more of expression or ideas like music, movies, etc. The intellectual property, copyright and patents placed in nowadays are causing a big issue and are not doing the original laws justice. The first amendment prohibits abridging the freedom of speech (1st Amendment Bill of Rights). Based on what the first amendment allows us to do, individual should not be prevented from exercising that right. Intellectual property, copyright and patents are causing the very problems they were created to prevent. Companies are misusing these rights for their own economic advancement. Kembrew Mcleod made similar arguments in his piece, Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity. There has to be middle ground within these laws so that issues do not arise.
Points that support this idea occur in the build up of the social networking site called Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg the current CEO of Facebook was sued by Divya Narenda, Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss on grounds of breaking the intellectual property clause. Harvard Connection (currently known as ConnectU) is a social networking site

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