Mine All Mine

Chris Ledgard looks at the global war between the defenders of intellectual property and those determined to share it.


01My Idea20080225

Most scientists and inventors want to protect their work with patents, filing hundreds of thousands every year. But without patents could the world have cheaper healthcare and more efficient cars?

02My Name20080226

Trademarks have to be protected, but should anyone be allowed to trademark a colour or a phrase? And is it really a sin to buy a fake Rolex watch?

03My Music20080227

The music industry has been revolutionised by the internet explosion. With free music available online, why should anyone pay for it?

04My Pictures20080228

Anyone with a broadband computer can now download and watch virtually any movie free of charge. This is illegal, but the chances of being prosecuted are close to zero. Some consider this the death of an industry, but others call it healthy anarchy.

05 LASTMy Words20080229

Plagiarism has become a nightmare for teachers, publishers and journalists. Anyone from a lowly GCSE student to a high-profile writer can easily copy a chunk of text from a website, and it is equally easy to catch someone doing so. But there are those who defend the free exchange of other people's words as a basic liberty.