[Ip-health] Please don't call it "intellectual property"

Richard Stallman rms at gnu.org
Thu Mar 3 16:18:09 PST 2011

As a supporter of your cause, implore you to stop using the term
"intellectual property", which is propaganda for our adversaries and
supports their viewpoint.  It is a fad that they artificially made
common in the 90s.

See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html for why that term
carries inherent bias and confusion.

Patents are one issue, data exclusivity is another.  They are totally
unrelated to copyright law and trademark law.  But every time you say
"intellectual property", you refer to all of these and treat them as

The term does not even cover the whole the range of topics you are
talking about.  For instance, the investment rules that you oppose are
vicious and evil, but they are not part of "intellectual property" as
usually defined.

Thus, the term doesn't mean what you want to say.  So many problems
that could all be corrected by not using the term.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org

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