The expanding reach of intellectual property has introduced more and more possibilities for opportunistic litigation: suing to make a buck.

Sample trolls and patent trolls are business models who have developed as a result of this.

We live in an age with daunting problems.

We need the best ideas; we need them now; we need them to spread fast.

The common good is a meme that was overwhelmed by intellectual property.

Loss Aversion: we hate losing what we’ve got.

When we copy, we justify it. When others copy, we villify it.

Most of us have no problem with copying – as long as we’re the ones doing it.

62% of all patent lawsuits are now over software.

Estimated wealth lost is half a trillion dollars: $500,000,000,000.