With a few other threads relating to this, I am kind of curious to hear everyone's thoughts. 'Intellectual property' has been a commonplace idea in the US only in the late 20th century and, it as least seems, this idea was driven into the spotlight by the Internet and newer electronic mediums for spreading ideas. IIRC England and France have used this term for over a century, and the concept originated in Germany over a century and a half ago. With that said, it was by no means as big of an issue 100 years ago as it is today. WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) became active in the 1970s. Today, WIPO has a HUUUGE operating budget that does not come from 'public' funds, and it is highly criticized. To date, what does and does not fall under the ideology of deserving protection as 'intellectual property' is still debated. The Internet, has in many ways, thrown many people's ideas throughout a body that defines anonymity and where someone's 'unique' ideas are seem to be debated. So, what are your thoughts on the concept of 'intellectual property', and what should its limits be?