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Thinking about Intellectual Property: Friend or Foe?

Wow this is a head spinning topic. It doesn’t help that many of case law papers are written with so much legal ease that it hurt your eyes (why with the serif fonts?!)

My investigation into my decision for or against intellectual property led me into various research on the topics, but did not get me far into a blanket decision. It seems like with each type, I am exploring articles and facts that seem good for some and bad for others.

Perhaps the only sound decision I made was that it seems to me like the original spirit of IP laws- to protect and actually encourage sharing, creativity and reuse, have been bastardized to a point of obscurity in the name of money and paranoia.

One topic that peaked my interest is Intellectual Property rights for Traditional Knowledge and Culture. I think there is much to explore there. I’m interested in oral traditional stories and music in this realm–what needs to stay internal and pure and what is to be shared, passed along and recycled.

While doing our readings I decided to use a (sloppy) sketchnotes method to jot down some points. These are usually done during a speaking engagement to visually represent the presentation and main points, but I found it useful to do during this multifaceted reading so I could make a visual dividing lines for myself.

I just started getting into sketchnotes, and haven’t done too many, so no advanced tricks today for making them digitally cleaner. Here is my rough draft:


This post is probably more of a “metathink” post about the fact I didn’t do more than waffle at the decision for the original post

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  1. […] Sarah’s thoughts were very similar, where in some cases IP was good and in some cases it was bad.  She also examined some of the different types of IP. Her thoughts focused more when she expressed interest in IP in terms of Traditional Knowledge and Culture.  This interest later went on to inspire a fascinating interview with Dr. Alan Boraas. […]

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