Patents & Copyrights: Banneker Center Survey #210
Economic Justice Survey

Results of May Survey
Patents & Copyrights

Thank you for your opinions! Here is what you said.

If I invent something, no one else should have the right to invent it.

0% said that's right
100% said that's wrong

If I buy something, I have a complete right to take it apart and study how it was put together, and to profit from what I learn.

80% said that's right
20% said that's wrong

If Smith holds a patent, what should happen when Smith dies?

40% said the patent should also die
60% said the patent should go to Smith's heirs
0% said the patent should go to the government
0% said the patent should be auctioned off

How long should a patent last?

40% said less than five years
40% said 5-10 years
20% said 10-20 years
0% said more than 20 years

If patents were no longer given out, would it stifle new inventions?

10% said people would not try to invent if they didn't expect a patent
70% said you can't stop inventiveness, lots of patent-free inventions are made all the time
20% said patents hold back invention more than they help
0% said unsure

Some patents and copyrights are worth a lot of money. Should the government charge a fee for protecting them?

60% said yes
40% said no

Are some patents just like corporate welfare?

90% said yes, they are private benefits conferred by government
10% said no

To develop our civilization to its full potential, we need

20% said more patents
80% said fewer patents

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