- Ryan Blough
- Durham, NC
- United States
Student , North Carolina State University, College of Engineering
A limited Intellectual Property sharing agreement; open-source within boundaries
Intellectual property is an important topic. I have an interest in open-source technological development, but wondered about the real differences in terms of advantages that it provides from the proprietary one.
I propose a model for a contract between multiple parties guaranteeing non-exclusive usage rights, at no cost, for all of the intellectual property of the parties, among the parties. The goal of this model is to provide, within the context of our present laws, a more-open-source system within defined boundaries.
This represents a change, as I understand it, in that contracts are usually negotiated case-by-case and are usually one-to-one. A group of participants, and a blanket condition, are where the opportunity for gain lies. My logic runs thusly: if an unregulated environment offers more opportunity for innovation and growth, then a less regulated environment should also, only to a lesser degree.
What are your thoughts?
Edit: Edited for length, relevant title, added the talks that inspired the concept. I'm basically pitching collaborative consumption of cognitive surplus in the hopes of open-sourcing innovation. [Laughter]