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Nguyen 1 Lily Nguyen Ben Chapin Warren 10B 022 Assignment 2D 13 May 2009 For the Sake of the Public When speaking about intellectual property, there are many different debates that can arise as a result of conflicting values or interests. Some would argue that intellectual property laws are way too restricting and limiting, which actually deprives others in unnecessary or unproductive ways. As intellectual property laws such as patent and copyright laws are enforced, access to certain things such as information and medicines are limited. This restriction in access also leads to a restriction in innovation. In a world today, when research and development is growing and innovation is highly valued, no high restrictions such as copyright extension or full exclusive copyright protection should be upheld to prevent these processes. In other words, more flexibility, such as making more works available for adaptation or to build upon with creativity, should be exercised when it comes to intellectual property laws. Although, it is understood that rights to full protection of intellectual property are essential to protect innovators and businesses and for corporate and economic growth, at times, the public interest and public good should be put first. At times, intellectual property laws seem to favor corporate interest more than the public. Therefore, a fair balance should be achieved by reconsidering and loosening the terms and extent of intellectual property laws, in which both corporate good and public good can be benefited equally.
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Nguyen 2 Full copyright protection can at times limit and restrict the possibility for innovation when the owner claims exclusive right and has full control over the work’s adaptation, decides to not redistribute their work freely, or makes their works hard to access. For instance, Mitchell Berger in his article, “Making Articles Available for Flu Planning” writes, “Articles from major scientific publications are available, but in many cases, there is a cost… However, this information is often difficult to access” (Berger 88). With a cost and difficult access to information, discovery and research is restricted. This is disappointing and should be avoided today “at a time when many political and government officials are emphasizing the importance of collaboration, information sharing, and community involvement” (Berger 88). If less restriction was placed and information and ideas were more easily accessible, it would be of more good to the public as “the latest and most authoritative and substantive scientific
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2009 for the course WCWP 6663523 taught by Professor Bauer during the Spring '09 term at UCSD.

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