"There’s a difference between a con-artist and a grifter. A con-artist is just
a gabby mugger, and when they vanish with your money, you know you’ve been
A grifter, on the other hand, is someone who can work the law to declare your
stuff to be their
stuff, which makes you a lawless cur because your pockets
are stuffed full of their
money and merely handing it over is the least you
can do to make up for your sin.
IP trolls are grifters, not con artists, and that’s by design, a feature of the
construction of copyright and trademark law.
Progressives may rail at the term “IP” for its imprecision, but truly, it has a
very precise meaning: “‘IP’ is any law that lets me control the conduct of my
customers, competitors and critics, such that they must arrange their affairs
to my benefit.”
In that regard, it is a perfect grifter’s tool — a way to put you
wrong side of the line for simply living your life in the way that works best
for you, not the grifter."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics