quick pondering on artificial scarcity

This deserves to be developed more fully, but perhaps the thread that ties together my irritation with the MS-Novell deal, my irritation with the Mozilla TM licensing, and what worries me about the push against copylefted DB data, is the creation of (or in the DB case, allows the creation of) artificial scarcity. I’m OK with charging for things that really are scarce- cars, service, etc., but creating artificial scarcity, either through the use of patents, copyrights, or trademarks, or by allowing others to use trade secret and SaaS tactics to take data from the commons and then proprietarize it, seems problematic.

(This is hardly an original thought; I just wanted to get it out and searchable later, since I’m wrestling with the trademark demon again.)