Intellectual Property Belongs To Someone!

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day.  May 7 I pick up my new Apple IPad on a trip back to the U.S.  Although I am technologically challenged when it comes to understanding computers, I depend on them and love to use them, both for business, information, and entertainment.  I am excited about the IPad and its possibilities — fast and easy web access, e-book reading, movies and music on the go, even simple word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software!  And the iPad is just such a cool bit of industrial design! 

But it would be little more than a pile of aluminum, glass, and plastic without the intellectual property employed to design it, produce it, and give it the content that makes it come alive.  If we want future iPads and other tablets, notebooks, netbooks, desktops, 3-D films and televisions and the “Avitar,” music files, mobile phone applications, and other software of all kinds to flourish and ease and enrich our lives, we MUST protect the rights and yes, income, of the creative minds from which these innovations stem.   Downloading intellectual property from the net or buying illegal copies of DVDs or CDs is not different than stealing a car or shoplifting in a department store — and in the end even more damaging.

Good citizens respect their neighbor’s car, home, and a department store’s shelves.  Good citizens respect what flashes on the screen of an iPad.


Filed under economy, Intellectual Property

5 responses to “Intellectual Property Belongs To Someone!

  1. Reading your last sentence 🙂 iPad has no Flash support (Does not have a front facing Web cam and therefore does not support video chat, it cannot be used to make iPhone calls or prints, does not have a memory card slot, does not support flash technology, the device has no mouse connectivity etc.)

  2. Erik Mandre

    We share your thoughts and want to emphasize that by respecting the copyright and consuming the creative works like music, movie, software, e-books etc in an honest way, we support and motivate the creative people to create a new and even more fascinating content for us to enjoy in the future as well. We cannot forget that behind of every creation, is a human, an author, who has put a lot of effort and time to create something for us to use. Whether it is a piece of software which helps us to be more effective in our work tasks or a movie/music to entertain us – these are all very essential parts of our nowadays life without which we probably cannot even imagine our lives. If we do not give something back to the people who have made all this possible for us, we are no better than ordinary thieves who live their lives at the expense of others. Respect the copyright and give others a chance to give us more!

    Happy World Intellectual Property Day!


    Erik Mandre
    Managing Director of Estonian Organisation for Copyright Protection

  3. It is very nice to read such thoughts from high-ranking U.S. official. U.S. is the biggest content provider and it’s natural that U.S. Government is in position to support domestic creators. Unfortunately the situation is not the same in many countries. I hope that this message from honourable Ambassador will reach also Estonian officials in charge of developing and protecting IP rights in our country

  4. Scott

    People should be paid for the intellectual property that they create. Absolutely.
    The problem is, that the U.S. now institutes so many rules and systems that it prevents fair use or transformative works.
    And, in many cases, the U.S. government – and embassies are acting as enforcers for the bigger businesses that can afford to have lobbying groups.
    Now copyright has been extended to what, 70 YEARS? That’s insane.
    Fact is, the U.S. was the biggest stealer of intellectual property 100 years ago from Europe. But now that you have it, now you care. Shoe, foot, other.

    • Your first two sentences say it all: People should be paid for the intellectual property they create. Absolutely. This is a principle enshrined in our Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8: “Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” Our first patent law dates back to 1790 and was signed by George Washington. In the U.S., more than 200 years of IPR protection have helped ALL holders of intellectual property and encouraged progress at home and abroad. Our long tradition is routinely matched by all other advanced countries whose citizens are entitled to the very same protections.

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