[eDebate] Problem solved: Lets just vote for IPR

Jon Wright jwright012
Mon Apr 10 22:10:58 CDT 2006

Forget the Roe controversy.  I think the IPR topic is the best bet for a few 

-There is a clear direction established in the topic paper (reduction of IP 
protection), which is a clear deviation from status quo policy.  There are 
good arguments on both sides, supported by a wealth of literature.

-The courts topic could include any number of unknown court cases - it is 
very unclear what this topic will end up looking like.  By contrast, IPR can 
be limited to a few specific areas:  genetics/biotech, pharmaceuticals, 
software, music, patent laws, etc.  Even if these areas are broad, the 
generic negative arguments would be applicable to most of these cases (biz 
con - companies want their patents protected, IP is key to innovations by 
preserving profit motives, kritiks of IPR, etc.)  The problem with extremely 
broad areas like "Overturn a court decision" is that we may end up with a 
topic that is an amalgamation of what people assume are good affirmatives 
but that have little in common with each other.  See the Europe topic for a 
good example.

-People are unlikely to feel ideologically offended by defending IPR (unlike 
pressuring China, or Roe, or whatever).  There is good critical ground on 
both sides of this resolution, if that's your thing.  It's even supported by 
the topic literature, which is a lot cooler than having to constantly run 
topicality on critical affs that run away from the topic.  It's a topic even 
Jackie Massey could love.

-Seriously, courts disads?  Lame.  But even if you love the courts, that can 
be incorporated into the IPR topic.

Everyone should read Clint's topic paper, it does an excellent job of 
outlining some of the harms areas for this topic, and (even better), it 
outlines several solvency mechanisms that are supported by literature.

Jon Wright

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