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Plutocrats are Greased, Americans are Fleeced

"Intellectual property" is nothing but an indefensible tax on information and technology, designed by aristocrats, enforced by plutocrats, and suffered by the masses.

There goes another perfectly good product, off the market. Not that Blackberry gets any sympathy from me. These people are probably prosecuting infringement cases against dozens of other companies as we speak. But, we the people are paying the price whenever an infringement case is brought and won by a patentholder.

We pay in fewer products and fewer options in the marketplace. I don't know the details of this particular case. But, now NTP is free to gouge RIM in royalty fees (which of course is really gouging us). Or, RIM will simply refuse to pay the licensing fee and NTP can gouge us directly when we're left with no alternative.

And to add insult to injury:
NTP has asked the trial judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to move ahead with the injunction. It has said an injunction would not affect BlackBerry products used by U.S. federal, state, or local governments.

RIM argued that [the court] should back away from any injunction for a number of reasons including an "exceptional public interest" in maintaining uninterrupted BlackBerry service for national security officials, among others.
So, the plutocrats get to keep their blackberries, the better to keep tabs on us. Meanwhile, we get to use what they allow us to use. From Cipro to Blackberry, the US government and its financiers are taking full advantage of their power to fleece us.


At Tuesday, January 24, 2006, Blogger Jeff G said...

When it comes to world market scams, intellectual property rights tops the list. The TRIP protocol was the brainchild of Pfizer, who seemed feel it was important that world health should be the profitable playground of US pharmaceutical corporations. Only in the instance of an epidemic is an alternative or generic allowed, unless the patent has expired.

Paragons of decency they ain't. There's not much good to be said about those who would prey on the vulnerable and the infirm.

At Tuesday, January 24, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

I think we are reaching far more than just the dollar's tipping point.


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