Hope everyone has had the chance to listen to and process the lecture. In the lecture I open up a range of new thoughts and concepts for us to engage each other on. I will frame such issues as hypotheses / questions below.
1. Human society has gained enormously from the sociality of knowledge. The closing up of knowledge through IPR regimes is fundamentally antithetical to human progress and unethical.
2. A strong regime of intellectual property rights essentially favors the development of monopolies and serves, in large part, big capital / multinational firms..
3. The very concept of intellectual property rights has its origins in a desire to protect the creative talents of an individual and assumes that the seat of creative talent is the individual. With the capacity to trade in intellectual property rights, most often, IPR is a tool through which such property is acquired by those who have lots of capital and no role in the creativity and then locked up as monopolies. Hence, to protect and empower the individual, a weak regime of IPR would entail a policy where IPRs can only be held by individuals / small groups and not by corporate entities.
Your thoughts and responses to the above questions/hypotheses.