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Why does not government invest into open source projects?

Maybe I am wrong. But what I have seen so far: There is huge demand for further development of open source tools, of course, they are free to use and help businesses. There are some business models ...
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If China is forcing U.S. firms to hand over technology, why hasn't the U.S. taken China to the WTO and filed a complaint?

The U.S. keeps saying that China is forcing its companies to hand over technology, but then if it's the case as they say, then why didn't the U.S. take China to the WTO in order to complain about it? ...
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If China is as good as other developing countries at protecting IP, why is the U.S. administration labelling China as a trade cheat?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/us-trade-hawks-exaggerate-chinas-threat/587536/ I was reading this article and read that China is not any different in regards to other developing ...
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How would a libertarian government deal with intellectual property?

In a libertarian society, the government is highly discouraged from interfering with the free market, if it is even capable of doing so. In this case, where does that leave Intellectual Property? If ...
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How can a libertarian oppose private property such as cookies? [closed]

I have heard the argument that is made (usually) for a plot of land. We deprived someone of it, therefore it's wrong under libertarian principles. But what about newly generated property, like ...
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Is Libertarianism in favor of intellectual property rights? [duplicate]

Related to this question on libertarianism on monopolies, how do libertarians in the USA, as represented by the Libertarian Party, view copyright and patent protections?
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

There's currently a weird legal situation where massively complex bodies of engineering/research work are only protected for 20 years through patents, but a simple drawing can be protected for 70 ...