Re: Buzzword Bingo
"If you want "cyber" security, stop screwing around and demand that we treat our information systems like any other engineered system: Delete the broken patent and copyright systems, and allow that knowledge to be shared."
Simple answer: no one will play. Knowledge is power, literally, and there are many out there who DON'T want their knowledge shared. If not allowed to exploit their knowledge, they'll take their ball and go home, leaving society hungry. That's why we have patents and copyrights in the first place. Without some incentive, not enough people are willing to come forward; end result, society is starved for knowledge. You don't need to do away with the systems because people can and have released their stuff either out of copyright but patented but only for anti-exploitation reasons. The TERMS of those patents and copyrights can be adjusted to reflect changes in society, however. Copyright was once life of author without extension for a person or about 25 years for a business. I think reeling terms back to those roots (based on the face they're supposed to be LIMITED, under the Constitution, IIRC) would help speed things along with documents and so on. As for patents, change the terms to reflect the industry they apply. Machinery and so on tend to have long work cycles, so patents of 25 years are still appropriate. Medicine can also make a case due to all the legal hurdles a drug maker has to clear just to get things to market; they really only get a few years to sell their stuff IF they get the go-ahead. Non-physical stuff? Stuff moves fast here, so what if patents for these get limited to, say, three years tops?