Ethiopian Intellectual Property Department Getachew Megestu. Intellectual property is property; just like a house or a diamond ring. And just like physical items, taking them without permission is a crime. There is no way around this fact, there are no loop holes or easy escapes from this argument. No matter how you define work and property, intellectual property satisfies both categories. And the same way people do a 9-5 and expect to get paid, there is no difference with regard to intellectual work. And the only time people perform work in a non-voluntary way, and not get paid, is if they are enslaved. In other words, not able to derive equitable remunerative benefit from their sweat and toll. africanholocaust.net/news_ah/intellectual_property.html
Films, which are the epitome of intellectual property, are an investment of money and time. They are the livelihood of the filmmakers and the entire industry, which supports musicians, writers, insurance brokers, TV stations, lawyers, film equipment companies, and as far wide as the travel industry. Intellectual property is an integral part of modern property rights. And independent of the various economic systems people may subscribe to; may it be capitalism, socialism, Islamic sharia , or Jewish Halaka law, every single one of them recognizes the merit of intellectual property to the new economies of our era.