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This document provides general principles that legislators should keep in mind when making laws. Like the 2006-2007_Policy_Paper, this document is targeted at US federal legislators, although it may be useful in other contexts. This document should be no longer than a page.

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Legislative Principles


  1. Intellectual property rights are not God-given rights, but limited, government-granted monopolies given to further the public interest. Intellectual property policy must serve as means of achieving creative, social, and economic ends and not as ends in themselves.
  2. Intellectual property policy must serve, and not overturn, human rights such as health, education, and freedom of speech.
  3. The public interest requires a balance between the public domain and private rights. Intellectual property policy must strike a balance between the free competition that is essential for economic vitality and the monopoly rights granted by intellectual property laws.
  4. Intellectual property laws should be judged by their potential to foster new creativity, as required by the U.S. Constitution.
  5. Creators have the right to seek compensation for their work, but not to limit political expression, veto technological innovation, or restrict education and scientific research.

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