On intellectual property, U.S. forgets

On intellectual property, U.S. forgets its own past
"The economies that were shining success stories of development, from the United States in the 19th century to Japan and its East Asian neighbors such as Taiwan and South Korea in the 20th, took off under systems of weak intellectual property protection. Technology transfer came easily and inexpensively until domestic skills and local industries were advanced enough that stronger intellectual property protections became a matter of self-interest."