On the one hand, this is criticised as a bogus term which seems to legitimise the idea that ideas can be property. Critics prefer the following and more precise legal terms instead :

Copyright

  • /Piracy
  • /DigitalRightsManagement

Contrast : InDefenceOfIntellectualProperty

History

10 software patents being are challenged !! Hopefully this will start to re-balance the use of patents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/05/technology/05domain.html?ex=1089691200&en=0d0e005f3dbe93f0&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVER