The Feudal Lord Analogy

Richard Stallman rms at
Mon Mar 25 00:19:44 UTC 2002

    Since the beginning, software works were placed under the protection
    of Copyright Laws.

If we replace the propaganda term "protection" with a neutral term
such as "coverage", this is a true and useful statement--because you
said "copyright".  If you replace "copyright" with "intellectual
property", that would make it uselessly vague.

It is a mistake to try to think about "intellectual property", because
at that level of generalization one loses all the important details
that give copyrights, patents, and trademarks their effects.

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