Saw a bit of a back and forth a page back, and wanted to address it more broadly here.

Posted By: MinnesotaUte
Date: Monday 13 May 2019, at 02:53 pm

The gist was about third party repair, and it dove off into GMO seeds, and control systems on farm equipment. And a couple of points that seem to be lost on the crowd here is that the problems with this system that seem exploitative have to do with intellectual property (IP), and because they deal with IP, they are a problem of government not of business. The reason people have to fight for right to repair their devices is because government protects businesses monopoly on their IP. This is precisely the type of thing that businesses lobby government that is largely made up of lawyers to do, shore up their competitive advantage by giving them the means to protect their IP.

Now I'm not saying that I'm against IP, because it has a role in innovation and the flourishing of the free market. If individuals can profit from putting their ideas into the world, then more ideas will come to fruition and improve lives. However, it is a question of how long these ideas are protected and how broadly they are protected. I am for more aggressive expiration of IP, as well as personal property rights, which means that if I buy a product from you, I own it and can use it as I wish. And also, I am for trying to narrow up the IP so that it can be so broadly claimed, and also for limiting (either by scope or time) the ability to claim IP on genetic material.

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