ownership – intellectual property


Perhaps a better focus – intellectual property.

intellectual property, defn


Ownership (intellectual property) and compulsion seem to be two ginormous roadblocks to betterness. They are eating us alive.

How can we own/claim anything?

We are interconnected and amazingly enough, not that novel. We just think we are, because, perhaps, we’ve been focusing more on a compulsory way of life/proof/mistrust, than on connecting.

Every moment, we are changed. Because of the connecting we do/experience/breath in. How can we claim ownership – as in rights?

[disclaimer – not saying we shouldn’t own our day. perhaps the problem comes when we insist that the day, thoughts, beauty, et al, are anything that only we own. that only we created. that only we can sell or keep from others. it’s about co-creation. share economy. connection economy. and a new/old mindset.]


remembering soulb..

wisdom you cannot own it


The tricky part of public thinking is that it works best in situations where people aren’t worried about “owning” ideas.  – Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think


There is no statement more erroneous than the declaration that “this is my idea”. Such notions are byproducts of a material culture that has been reinforced in seeking physical rewards, usually via money, in exchange for the illusion of their “proprietary” creations. Very often an ego association is culminated as well where an individual claims prestige about their “credit” for an idea or invention.

Peter Joseph et al, Zeitgeist Movement Defined


Charles Eisentein has some great insight on ownership et al – in his Sacred Economics – none of us are free ness.

Sara Boettiger


in a recent #rhizo14 fb group convo.. Keith Hamon commented:

my curiosity overrides my sense of ownership

love that. imagine a world where curiosity is our label/drive/energy/sustainability/thrivability.. ness..




Pushing for copyright monopolies and patent monopolies was never a matter of helping others; it was a matter of kicking away the ladder once you had reached the top yourself.


shared aug 2014 on fb by Charles:


But if we don’t see ownership is a reified category, an absolute predicate, then the matter is not so simple. Because what is this “ownership”? What is the social agreement that the concept embodies? It is rather different than what we have today. 


BAMMMMM! Sound of my browser hitting a Taylor and Francis paywall on research paper. $40 to read a paper? WTF WORLD DID WE MAKE?

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/cogdog/status/570283714120278017


from Y Benkler’s wealth of networks


When one cuts through the rent-seeking politics of intellectual property lobbies like the pharmaceutical companies or Hollywood and the recording industry; when one overcomes the honestly erroneous, but nonetheless conscience-soothing beliefs of lawyers who defend the copyright and patent-dependent industries and the judges they later become, the reality of both theory and empirics in the economics of intellectual property is that both in theory and as far as empirical evidence shows, there is remarkably little support in economics for regulating information, knowledge, and cultural production through the tools of intellectual property law.


via Maria: Oliver Jeffers on ownership


This Moose Belongs to Me (public library) — a disarming story about a boy who believes he owns his pet moose Marcel, only to discover that so do other people, who call him by different names, while the moose himself doesn’t quite get the concept of being owned and is thus oblivious to the boy’s list of rules for being a good pet.


the story is, above all, a parable about the nature of ownership as a mutually agreed upon figment and the comical sense of entitlement it engenders.


Perhaps Mark Twain put it best in his supportive letter to Helen Keller when she was accused of plagiarism:Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.”


We only own something because everybody agrees that we do.


Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge https://t.co/3i2TUMVEna

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/lessig/status/698206325893963776


may 2016 – Noam

6/2/16 3:02 AM
On #BasicIncome: Noam Chomsky Taxpayers Make the Investments, Corporations Take the Profits ow.ly/96Fg500WdwB
video at 2:45

intellectual property is a polite term for govt instituted monopoly pricing rights.. means extraordinarily high patent rights… for phram corps.. to keep price of drugs up and mkae profits astronomical.. probably at least 1/2 of r&d not done by pharma at all.. basic/hard/costly research is done by people like you .. you pay for it through your taxes..


truman credit law




document everything

ps in the open


non-territorial ness


the whole plagiarism of speeches .. when the speeches supposedly plagiarized from.. are written by other people than the ones giving them… those usually invisible people.. how does that work..?

how could we ever thing we own.. invented.. anything.. on our own..

if we’re interconnected (and how are we not).. we can’t separate us for a bit of territorial ness.. it’s never just me ness



“All ideas are second-hand.” Mark Twain’s magnificent letter to Helen Keller about the myth of originality brainpickings.org/2012/05/10/mar

As if there was much of anything in any human utterance, oral or written, except plagiarism!


Xeni Jardin (@xeni) tweeted at 5:18 AM – 12 Sep 2016 :

European court rules that making a link can be copyright infringement. “This is a fucking disaster,” says @doctorow https://t.co/bi17bNkgmF (http://twitter.com/xeni/status/775292384800309248?s=17)


Peter Martin (@1petermartin) tweeted at 3:50 AM – 20 Dec 2016 :

Copyright rules make us break the law 80 times a day, says Productivity Commission: https://t.co/2ghkjWHwz4 @smh @theage #auspol #ausecon https://t.co/pUVnmjhMRL (http://twitter.com/1petermartin/status/811161725919756288?s=17)


Clo Willaerts (@bnox) tweeted at 4:03 AM – 28 Feb 2017 :

The Real Difference Between Google And Apple
By looking at their patents. https://t.co/Qut6mcS9u7 (http://twitter.com/bnox/status/836532163113807872?s=17)

apple/jobs – 347 patents.. google/brin/page – 27 patents


from Heather Marsh‘s science:

Patents and copyrights also solved the problem of most knowledge being already held by others for centuries or millennia because it granted ownership not to the origin of knowledge but to the first to file patents, almost always western men.

Patents and copyrights are exclusionary rights. They are not rights to do something but rights to stop others from doing it.

University accreditation and licensing act in the same way.


‘invented to justify theft of the commons’ https://t.co/CevR6gjlDA

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/monk51295/status/884278287463305216


Matthew Rimmer (@DrRimmer) tweeted at 3:39 AM – 10 Aug 2017 :

Danes step away from patenting in favour of ‘open science’ https://t.co/wtupKbk0UU via @timeshighered #Denmark #patent #OA #openinnovation (http://twitter.com/DrRimmer/status/895580454572630016?s=17)


Opendesk (@open_desk) tweeted at 1:47 AM – 28 Feb 2018 :

“While Copyright ostensibly seeks to protect the rights of creators it does so at the expense of the public and society.” Read the full article > https://t.co/N3nkpX0B9V https://t.co/OuHyg8j4vQ (http://twitter.com/open_desk/status/968769495782297601?s=17)