Who knew that Copyright was initially developed to inspire creation? What point in society did we become so consumed with making money and fame instead of sharing our passions and talents? When did connections that we have made in our minds become intellectual property that others are able to sue you for?
I think that our society is built upon the sharing of knowledge. What would we teach in schools if it hadn’t been discovered by someone in our history? Someone discovered addition and subtraction, and that is something that is perpetuated every day.
I have recently heard a story of a person that worked for a company and moved on to another company. This person had taken some classes that were paid for by the former company. She is paying her former company back for the schooling. This persons former boss is now suing her for intellectual property. WHAT?!?! This is the most ridiculous things that I have ever heard. I think if the employer wanted that intellectual property he should have taken the classes.
How can we claim knowledge that is formed in someone else’s mind? Each individual’s knowledge is going to have a different understanding based on who the person is. Therefore the understanding in each individuals mind (or their knowledge) is completely unique. I don’t think that anyone has the right to deny that knowledge or understanding, nor should they have the right to deny the expression of that knowledge.