Imagine being so naive, they were created so that someone could bring a product to market and not have to worry about the shmuck down the street buying one, reverse engineering it, and improving it and selling it as a superior version of the original product - in order to protect the profits of those who are not participating in actively developing their product to be the superior product. It's enforcement of market share for inactive parties and non-competitive. Imagine intellectual property laws applied to concepts like memes, do we get superior memes if we curtail their production to only be available to those who first conceived of (this would be a clusterfuck to try to prove, but bear with me) the format or individual small elements of the meme? Or is it more successful as a free for all? Do we defend Blizzard for releasing modding tools with the notion that anything you make in their environment belongs to them to profit off of your ideas in lieu of you? If you can improve their game and people like your mods, why should they be getting full rights to everything simply because they own the IP? Oh they made the modding software, so now Microsoft needs to have exclusive rights to all of the mods instead if it ran under Windows. Or maybe Alan fucking Turing needs to be dug up and forcefed money for being part of the collaborative effort. It all goes straight to Grug that discovered how to make fire. The first boy to ever crawl on to land is fucking loaded now. Intellectual property laws seek to kick the ladder down after the rights holder and ensure no one benefits from it but them, made all the better by the fact the rights are transferable to some do-nothing kike inbetween who may not have even had a single fucking thing to do with the initial advancements/virtues that caused the success of the IP in question. Does this actually stop knock offs? Fuck no, and thank god. Does it create an ecosystem in which kike lawyers can endlessly sue back and forth and bilk their clients and anyone they can paint as being in violation of their 'rights' to control information and solely benefit from its use? Oh hell yes. What good does that do the rest of us? Fuck if I know.