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It gets even more ridiculous. I am a student at the federal medical school, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where all professors are federal employees. Nevertheless, we have many professors who've been so brainwashed by the prevailing paradigm that they decline to give students the Powerpoint files associated with their lectures. This, despite the fact that their Powerpoints are obviously in the public domain and that they, by virtue of receiving a paycheck, have been fairly compensated for the work of producing the lectures.
To above commenter:

Drop the term "FOIA" on them and that should bring them back to reality.

BTW, it is not that the professors are brainwashed. It is that no one has taken them aside and explained the significance of their being federal employees. There is no "But I am a doctor" exception to copyright law.

The professors' lectures are indeed the professors' intellectual property. I'm a libertarian who has often argued the principle behind this.

All that needs to be recognised to remedy the mess caused by copyright is that: 1) Delivering the lectures to the recipients in the lecture hall, clearly constitutes delivery of the professor's IP - as much as the recipients are able to receive and choose to record. 2) No-one should be granted an unnatural reproduction monopoly over their lectures.

So, just abolish copyright. There's nothing unethical or unnatural about IP, only the 18th century reproduction monopolies that have been nefariously granted.

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