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26 April 2006
  It's Mine! Leave It Alone!
Happy World Intellectual Property Day

Intellectual Property DayUsually, when I'm bored but feel like posting, I can find an idea either in the news or at Wikipedia's Days category. I just read through the list of commemorations and celebrations until I find one that interests me and begin writing. Actually, I usually need to decide among several possible topics and narrow it to one.

As a blogger, I thought this one showed promise. Intellectual property discussions have been part and parcel of the development of civilization. They usually boil down to issues of pride, power, and pocketbook — often all of these are involved in some way. How can I make a buck on this idea? How will I be honored for these thoughts? Who can I control if I implement this? Such thoughts are fodder for lawyers and for those who develop intellectual properties.

Intellectual Property DayWorld Intellectual Property Day is an effort by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to educate people concerning all areas of intellectual property, to help establish and maintain rights, and to serve as an international clearinghouse for related information, laws, treaties, and the like. It includes a link to a poster and these cool bookmarks shown here.

For sake of discussion, WIPO provides a short, clear definition: "Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce." It goes on to divide such properties into Industrial and Copyright categories and provides links for further definition and understanding.

What all this means in the real world is that if you steal from my pages or use my ideas for your gain, you're going to get a royal snout-slapping.
 
Comments:
speaking of intellectual property.... i thought WIPO was the one to whom "Victimae Paschali Laudes" was attributed to, not some silly organization.
 
Say, I don't know who to ask about this. How do I post on blogs that require a URL? Sorry to bother you, Mr. Aardvark.

Amberg
 
Most don't require it, it's just an option. If you don't want to leave a trail back to yourself, try leaving the space blank and see if it takes your comment. If this doesn't work, or you want folks to know who you are, then put the main url of one of your blogs in the space.

http://revivelutheranhymns.blogspot.com/ probably would be better for you, since you update it more often than Luther Kvetch.
 
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