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Intellectual Property does not "rot away" - although it may be superseded, and less valuable, it exists for ever - and therefore entropy does not apply to it.

If you talk about ides, information or knowledge I am with you (though I agree with das mondes reservation).

If you on the other hand talk about the sets of legislative and limited rights - copyright, patents, trademarks, design patents and so on - that is today marketed under the term Intellectual Property I do not agree. In all of that legislation a entropy of sorts is built in, copyright has end dates (though copyrightlobby is working hard to extend it indefinately), patents run out, trademarks and design patents must be used to be upheld.

IMO, the term "Intellectual Property" is invented for the purpose of lenghtening and strenghtening these rights, which just happens to be the rights of huge western corporations in respect to just about everyone else. Now I do not think that is your purpose, it is just the econo-lingo. But I also think econo-lingo obscures your message making it harder to understand, so a well-meaning advice would be to use knowledge or ideas instead.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Mar 13th, 2008 at 02:28:40 AM EST
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Wise advice, askd, and exactly right.  

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Thu Mar 13th, 2008 at 05:09:30 AM EST
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