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OK, so what's the deal with the Blue Sugar Water law? What real life situation is it trying to emulate? This one confused me. I don't get what the situation is all about. What's the "bad vs. good" with this one?

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It is a question of intellectual property, what patent laws are meant to deal with. It isn't a good vs bad issue; it is bad if companies have no protection from others copying their product and it is bad if they have so much protection that it creates monopolies and limits innovation. The in-game question is basically where that trade-off is made in a particular case, where a company has been very profitable and built up a market and brand recognition, but the product itself isn't particularly complicated or unique.

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Originally Posted by Raze

It is a question of intellectual property, what patent laws are meant to deal with. It isn't a good vs bad issue; it is bad if companies have no protection from others copying their product and it is bad if they have so much protection that it creates monopolies and limits innovation. The in-game question is basically where that trade-off is made in a particular case, where a company has been very profitable and built up a market and brand recognition, but the product itself isn't particularly complicated or unique.


That makes more sense. I guess that's why Falstaff was putting so much emphasis that his sugar water was specifically "blue" sugar water. He didn't want to create a monopoly on all sugar water, just blue sugar water as his intellectual property.

I can get behind that. Thanks to your help, I've decided to vote "yes" at the expense of being hated by three out of the five races.

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Actually, the dwarves did want to maintain a monopoly, by blocking 'cheap knockoffs'; the colour of the imp's apple blue sea-green variant was less important than its price.


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