12 April

April 26, 2008 is World IP day. Some lay people are still unaware of the term "Intellectual Property" (IP) which refers to the fact that non-tangible things, like music, inventions and ideas, can be legally protected. My colleague Luc Devroye has a provocative piece on his web site about Intellectual Property, and why the implementation is today's society seems to diverge significantly from the principles or ideals that justify it. Luc is a brilliant and very famous academic whose diverse contributions includes fundamental work on probability theory. (He's also got a lot of zest for life, and is thus a lot of fun to be around.)

See the page regarding RIP day

One disturbing aspect of the IP landscape today is that many governments have become members of WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization), and WIPO is fairly aggressive about pushing a very protective IP policy. One of the WIPO statues is that members countries give WIPO ... "such legal capacity as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the Organization's objectives and for the exercise of its functions" [wipo convention].

WIPO has declared World IP Day on April 26. WIPO will focus on "celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property". It's would be a good day to put something, a song, a photo, or a computer program into the public domain. You can also consider using a Creative Commons license which assures you of still getting some credit, it that matters (by just saying that on the work you release).


Intellectual Property definition at Wikipedia.


Free Cultural Works

Attribution License

By Gregory Dudek at | Read (1) or Leave a comment |    
Re: Intellectual Property Protection as a bad thing? Speak out on World IP Day.

Too many people over look IP. It has to be one of the most important parts of web design and copy writing. I am happy to see some people do look at it for what it truly is, the law!

I am very happy to see people understanding and respecting IP.

Great post.

Posted by: Alister at May 01,2009 07:22
Please send trackback to:/blog/114/tbping


Posted by: accnavialpa at November 11,2009 14:58
Post your own response

Each comment is manually screened for the presence of appropriate and substantive content, due to a constant onslaught of comment-spam. This means there may be a delay before your comment appears.

(Some kind of name is required, will be visible)

Required, whatever you enter will be visible to other users.

(Optional, used for "mailto" link)

Your email address is not required, but if you insert it it will be displayed so people can contact you.

Answer this question correctly to demonstrate that you are not a dumb spambot.

The title for your comment.

Your comment goes here. All relevant comments are welcome, except for those that simply promote an irrelevant product or else are used to fraudulently inflate the link count to an irrelevant web page. They appear after moderation. Don't forget to also fill in the captcha below or your text will be rejected automatically!

You must answer this question to prove you are human
What kind of restaurant has waiters, napkins, and pizza (enter a number): 1:Seafood, 2:Drive-through, 3:Pizzeria, 4:Reform school, 5:Roadside hot-dog stand?

Answer this question correctly to demonstrate that you are not a dumb spambot.