I just realized that intellectual property is probably a big contributor to environmental degradation.
If environmentally friendly technology was open-source, developing countries would have access to it and it would make its use cheaper even in developed countries.
@phryk Yes, "intellectual property", primarily patents, is a big contributor. — It's just one particular case of how "externalities" happen. Standard short-term vs long-term dilemma.
And, no, it's not about developing countries, but mainly the developed ones — they are the main contributor to the global environmental issues: may sound counter-intuitive, but the situation is due to the amount of resources utilized, not the population per se.
P.S. Wish I could cite some statistics, but anyway. 😕
@phryk Developing vs developed is a vague distinction, and should be viewed quantitatively, or at least relatively.
The "developing" countries, and generally not very technological territories, have little potential to draw a lot of benefits from the lack of patents and/or free availability of designs; plus they usually have lots of other problems, and nobody would sue them in court.
While copyright in education has more effect, since the materials are intended to introduce people to knowledge.
@phryk I have seen this in person. There's no probably about it. I spoke up at a sustainability summit talk when the presenter announced they had patented their tree-watering system. They didn't seem to clue in that they were legally preventing everyone else in the world(with patent agreements w canada/US) from managing trees/water efficiently for the next 20 years by doing so.
@phryk ... and other things https://plus.google.com/105395547687614433866/posts/SxC2TsbS3kM
it is usually a mistake to group even copyrights and patents together. Copyrights, patents, lumber distribution rights and virginity ...you very quickly get into a situation where most of the category have nothing to do with the rest of the category in any way that is important
@phryk – "Intellectual Property is having ownership and deciding authority over a technical pattern." Intellectual Property is an intrinsically meaningless term and defining it in terms of a 'technical pattern' is misleading. Trademarks might be defined in terms of technical patterns, but Patents kind of aren't, and copyright really isn't at all. Patents mean not having authority over technical pattern but over an invention - though you could argue the patentable claims signify a pattern
@phryk Or at least copyright isn't when we're not talking about software / digital works. And the picture is even blurry when it is. You don't gain anything by referring to technical patterns as IP rather than, say, technical patterns (which may or may not be protected by law, paracopyright law or otherwise).
@phryk ..and domain names are certainly not 'patterns' in this sense https://www.wired.com/2000/08/this-sex-dramas-getting-hot/
@phryk > Nobody can own virginity, tho they can own people, which isn't IP.
Pinker's point is that over the long haul of human history, virginity was indeed considered "owned". To this day there are places in the US where there is an elaborate ritual where fathers give a ring or other object to their young daughters signifying that they are to keep their virginity, because they are owned.
@phryk It's worth pointing out that
Lysander Spooner was one of the first people who ever used the term 'intellectual property' and who thought about ideas in these ways. The very first people who were considering the idea considered reputational property/chastity/virginity as an example of one. It's simply false that they have nothing to do with eachother - the history is the same, for the same reasons. Because it's an expression of control over how we think and who is allowed to think what
@phryk And still, the single largest consumer of energy in the world is the US Military. For no clear purpose whatsoever, other than killing random people.
I will believe that people really want environmentally sound policies when disbanding the US Military is at the top of their list.
@phryk I found this which may not support what I said, but I don't mind being wrong. Was a long time I heard about it.
Maybe there's something about the issues in this article though.