Subject: Re: "rights" and "freedoms"
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 17:36:44 -0400

Craig Brozefsky wrote:
> [...] Outside of the US, IP regimes may have
> different purposes and justifications, and may very well be geared
> towards the protection of "inventor's rights" (what a lame-ass
> trope).

I strongly doubt that any (Western) country is different.

Anyone who doubts this should compare the time-frame of
protections on copyright (meant to protect the author's rights)
with the protections on patents.  The first is roughly a human
life-time.  The second is much shorter.