[ANSOL-geral]Creation Myths: Does innovation require intellectual property rights?
Ricardo Jorge Godinho Nunes
rjgn arroba netc.pt
Thu Feb 27 22:38:02 2003
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um artigo muito interessante, que eu penso que interessa a todos os
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Does innovation require intellectual property rights?
By Douglas Clement
The music industry has tried to squelch the threat, most conspicuously by
suing Napster, the wildly popular Internet service that matched patrons with
the songs they wanted, allowing them to download digital music files without
charge. Napster lost the lawsuit and was liquidated, while similar services
But the struggle over Napster-like services has accented a much broader issue:
How does an economy best promote innovation? Do patents and copyrights
nurture or stifle it? Have we gone too far in protecting intellectual
In a paper that has gained wide attention (and caught serious flak) for
challenging the conventional wisdom, economists Michele Boldrin and David K.
Levine answer the final question with a resounding yes. Copyrights, patents,
and similar government-granted rights serve only to reinforce monopoly
control, with its attendant damages of inefficiently high prices, low
quantities, and stifled future innovation, they write in "Perfectly
Competitive Innovation," a report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of
Minneapolis. More to the point, they argue, economic theory shows that
perfectly competitive markets are entirely capable of rewarding (and thereby
stimulating) innovation, making copyrights and patents superfluous and
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