Friday, August 29, 2014

Why Did the Israelis Steal Hummus from the Arabs?

Yossi L emails:
Dear Robert,

Thank you for publishing my little write-up (A Libertarian Israeli on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Anarcho-Capitalism).

On a lighter note, speaking of IP, I thought this might make you chuckle.

RW note: This is pretty funny and I don't want to make too much out of it, but I would argue that  it would be very difficult to trace back, in fact impossible, the lineage to the individual who created hummus, but further, it was probably before the concept of IP, in other words, the creator of hummus was probably not thinking about IP protection, when serving the food or quite possibly passing out the recipe. So there is no IP violation from my perspective with Arab, Israeli or anyone else in using the recipe for hummus, who the hell would you pay IP royalties to?

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