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Viewing the McNugget through the lens of Intellectual Property

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An article from the Atlantic uses the McNugget to argue against strong patent laws, but by the end of his article I think he manages to create his own McNugget of murkiness and contradiction.

McDonald’s hasn’t patented the McNugget, they’ve trademarked the name. Having said that, the author’s final paragraph is this:

Given a choice between making sure everyone reaps the maximum profit from their work, and ensuring that good ideas become useful, free public knowledge, I’d take the latter. Obviously, there are some products–pharmaceuticals being the classic example–where the R&D costs are so high, and the ease of copying so low, that nobody in their right mind would invest in their creation without some IP protection. But that’s certainly not the case for every valuable product. You can taste the evidence for yourself.

There is no better “good idea” that serves the public good than medicine, yet the man who wrote the title, Why the Chicken McNugget Is a Great Argument Against Strong Patent Laws, concedes that no one would develop medicines without strong patent laws. So where does he stand? Obviously it’s “if you’ve thought of an idea that is making lots of money and it’s an idea so easy and frivolous that I CAN DO IT (now), than I should be allowed to do it.”

If McDonald’s did manage to patent the idea of a ground-up chicken made into a mealy paste and deep fried, should we discard patent laws (that the author concedes are important for the continued development of important medicine) because McDavid wants to make the McDavid McNugget?

 

» 24 Comments

  1. Dagney

    January 14th, 2013

    Yeah, now I know what you meant by posting the ‘most disgusting’ stuff late.

    Pouah!

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  2. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    I do believe this intellectual property has already been raped to death by our government. They’ve been trying to serve soilent green for some time now in our public school systems. Same process. WTF?

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  3. it's chicken?

    January 14th, 2013

    How is a nugget made?
    Is it slices of chicken?
    Or, ground up chicken?

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  4. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    No dude, it’s a paste that looks like strawberry ice cream. It’s the most disgusting shit you’ve ever seen. I’m fairly certain it get it’s consistency from ground up Beaks and Claws. It’s on You Tube. Why anyone would want to copy that is beyond me.

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  5. Johnny Freedom

    January 14th, 2013

    Viva Whataburger!

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  6. Claudia

    January 14th, 2013

    Some time ago I began to wonder what the big deal with proggies was all about when they bemoaned IP protection. Then I realized that it’s all about communism. Property, whether it is physical or intellectual, is anti-communist.

    The only problem I can see with their war to make the USA communist is when ‘they’ come for the proggies property. “Hey, wait! It’s OTHERs property, wealth and resources we need to re-distribute; not mine!”

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  7. Dagney

    January 14th, 2013

    “Property, whether it is physical or intellectual, is anti-communist.”

    That’s right. That’s also why they talked only about ‘group’ rights, be it the Natives, the Blacks, the Homosexuals, etc — never about individual rights.

    They’re against individual property rights, but for expropriation of your property for the state apparatus to own it. They love collective property.

    Thy want to OWN YOU.

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  8. Chalupa

    January 14th, 2013

    It’s pink slime – I haven’t eaten one since I saw what they were made of.

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  9. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    Oh shit, they think they own the Periodic Table of Elements. What else is left?

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  10. Dagney

    January 14th, 2013

    ““Hey, wait! It’s OTHERs property, wealth and resources we need to re-distribute; not mine!””

    To gain immunity against expropriation, you’ll need to be a Party Member, or something. And to tip the police about your neighbors.

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  11. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    Chalupa, Ditto. The only thing worse would have been eating one and watching the video at the same time.

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  12. Bad Brad

    January 14th, 2013

    Dagney, Thank god, ya were scaring the crap out of me there for a while.

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  13. Dagney

    January 14th, 2013

    You’re my big McNugget of Love.

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  14. Bad Brad

    January 15th, 2013

    You’ll never go back to women bitch. LOL

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  15. Dagney

    January 15th, 2013

    Listening now to Shapiro’s interview with Piers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJdhAm_oUUs

    Yes, Ben did an awesome job.

    “we have 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, and we are not able to stop people — PEOPLE — from coming in. We’d be hard-pressed to stop guns from crossing the border as well.”

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  16. Dagney

    January 15th, 2013

    “don’t let me in with Alex Jones”

    – Shapiro

    Indeed.

    Shapiro is very fast and sharp.

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  17. Dagney

    January 15th, 2013

    I love that Shapiro brought the resistance to tyranny as the backbone, the purpose of the 2nd A.

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  18. Chalupa

    January 15th, 2013

    @Brad – not just nuggets but cheap formed chicken patties too – like Carl’s Jr. dollar chicken sandwich and Burger King’s long chicken sandwich – no more.

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  19. Bad Brad

    January 15th, 2013

    Chalupa, Yea, I don’t know were this intellectual property thing is coming from. Here a while back in the news they had fast food restaurants swearing this process off after it was exposed. Same thing in school districts. I’m not getting it unless this story is ten years old.

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  20. Drackxman

    January 15th, 2013

    Coca Cola is not patented either. The recipe is in a vault somewhere. If you patent something like that you have to reveal whatthe recipe is. That’s why McNuggets and Coke arent’ patented. Oh, and Mcnuggets are discusting. Go on Youtube and see how they’re made. Yuck !

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  21. thirdtwin

    January 15th, 2013

    Dude should pontificate on intellectual property and copyright laws. I bet he wouldn’t be so blase about me plagiarizing his chicken scratches and pawning them off as my own. Not that he has to worry about anyone doing that.

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  22. AbigailAdams

    January 15th, 2013

    I commented a few days ago about the term “radical transparency”. This is what the author, Jordan Weissmann, is advancing. And yes, it is a very typical, Marxist concept. Think China and patent and IP infringement.

    Do you think it is mere coincidence he chose the McNugget as an example? Judging from many comments about this particular product, I’d say his choice of example was calculated.

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  23. the aardvark

    January 15th, 2013

    And don’t even get me started on MickeyD’s Mcrib which should be known as the Mcfib. I don’t think that ground up pork intestines (tripe) and stomachs qualify as a pork rib. No amt. of barbecue sauce is going to make this artificial shit taste good.

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  24. Dr. Tar

    January 15th, 2013

    What the author of the article fails to recognize is the reward within academia for a professor to publish his / her work rather than exploit it themselves. I would speculate that Professor Baker’s academic publishing of on creating a chicken product contributed towards his earning tenure (lifetime employment except for extreme violations of personal conduct), advancement in rank (Assistant to Associate to Full Professor – with each level a good bump in salary, benefits and status), prestige and recognition in his community.

    These benefits within academia versus taking his ideas and findings and becoming an entrepreneur with all the risk and rewards that would entail. This would include further research and development, prototyping a viable offering for the market place, ramping up production and marketing, finding customers, paying employees and other cost of operations, raising capital, hanging on to a large enough part of the company to insure that you get ample reward for your effort, fighting off competitors (including patent infringement). That’s a lot of cost, risk and work without a guarantee of reward for the effort.

    There are also big differences between copyright and patents. Copyrights are allowed to continue as long as the holder keeps them current. Patents have a definite expiration date and may be taken by a government in time of need. This is to make sure the breakthrough is not permanently keep from the public and that the inventor does not reap the benefits of a perpetual monopoly at the expense of the public.

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