Is IP another bubble about to burst?
I expect almost everyone at nuxified.org will agree that software should be shared — that's how science works, after all. And, if you ask Venkatesh Hariharan, that's how, largely, India has been working for centuries.
This is quite an enjoyable read that I would recommend especially to those that are not quite sure about what to think about “intellectual property”, “software patents”, or whatever these gross ideas might be called.
As a child growing up in India, one of the first things I learned is a hymn to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, which says that:
Wonderful is your gift of knowledge
the more we share, the more it grows
the more we hoard it, the more it diminishes
As a grown-up living in a globalized world, I am constantly bombarded by the the term, “intellectual property.” Policy makers keep saying that India should create more IP. Countless seminars extol the virtues of IP even as patents are granted for “Method for swinging on a swing,” "Method for Concealing Partial Baldness." In the computer industry, patents are routinely granted for things that are obvious and have been known for years. (...)