Subject: Re: The term "intellectual property" considered useful
From: "Ben Tilly" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 07:39:42 -0700

 Wed, 3 May 2006 07:39:42 -0700
On 5/3/06, A. Pagaltzis <> wrote:
> * Lawrence Rosen <> [2006-05-02 04:20]:
> > My problem is with the term "intellectual property rights"
> > because that conflates many concepts that are more the in the
> > form of legal monopolies than "rights" as we find in the first
> > few amendments to the US Constitution.
> It is probably long past the opportunity to rename the umbrella
> term to "intellectual monopolies" to cast it properly and frame
> discussions about it correctly… but, assuming its broad adoption
> as a thought experiment, wouldn't it address the problems with
> the "intellectual property" term?

The phrase I'd want is "LIMITED intellectual monopolies", to remind
the owners of those monopolies (and everyone else) that the monopolies
are not supposed to be continually extended in every direction
(duration, power, etc).