Subject: Re: The term "intellectual property" considered useful
From: Thomas Lord <>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 15:58:19 -0700

David H. Lynch Jr. wrote:
>     If you honestly believe ideas can be owned, then you should be 
> moving towards the elimination of patents, copyrights, .. and towards 
> treating ideas exactly like all other real property.

You have been illustrating my point to RMS by consistently demonstrating 
a misunderstanding of what "property" means.

There is no such thing as "like all other real property".   The details 
matter whether we are talking about various kinds of physical possession or
intangible property.

Property is always, in the U.S., a system of specific rights constructed by
various laws.   Which laws apply depends on the particular kind of
property and variations even among types of real property make big

Of *course* "ideas" can be owned, for a suitably formalized approximation
of what an "idea" is .... the only serious question is what rights that
ownership should entail.