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On Intellectual Property Rights and Ramen Noodles August 31, 2006

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Odds and Ends.
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Just wanted to share this short commentary I found on intellectual property rights. It makes quite an intelligent argument, and rings very true.

And of course, it marries two things I feel strongly about: intellectual property issues and ramen noodles.

This just goes to show that there is a huge disconnect between the purpose of intellectual property rights and how they are being enforced. I sympathize with the former: as a former teacher and a person whose family’s background is in publishing, I know how it feels on a very personal level when one’s intellectual property is violated. But at the same time, it’s fairly obvious that present-day realities make enforcing some laws in this regard, at least in the way they have traditionally been enforced, akin to fitting square pegs in round holes, and smacks of hijacking the state mechanism to protect entrenched interests.

Now to make that point with an allusion to ramen noodles? Genius.

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