-Increasing protection of "Intellectual property" rights leads to gradual commercialization of creative activities and concentration of property rights by monopolies.
-The real benefactors are not the people directly contributing their creativity.
-The price of "Intellectual property" is dissociated from the value it contributes to humanity.
-Because of monopolization, the market mechanisms do not settle the price. The price is set by jurisdictional system.
-The exchange and reuse of ideas is inhibited.
-The states protect the monopolies by legislation harming free speech, and at additional cost to citizens.
The free exchange of ideas in the era of Internet search engines does not justify the existence of publishing industries in the current form, as entities that collect the rights to creative artifacts.
The rights should stay with the authors and should not be a subject of trade.
The value of creation is in the act of performance (an artist plays at concert, painter paints the original work, craftsman builds a staircase, programmer develops software, biochemist discovers new drug).
This value does not persist in the records of the original performance.
What to do with a writer?
Find mechanisms allowing the creative individual to be rewarded accordingly to the actual contribution.
In a few years the Internet will be monopolized by big publishers and the window of political influence will close.
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