Of course they do.
Originally Posted by SOUL-DRIFTER
Built into the system.
Costs big bucks to do research.
Not worth doing if they can't protect their investment.
Going to be that way for a long time.
Thats just part of the reality money.
They don't want to hinder it.
Originally Posted by RhettE_Lawe
They just don't want it to be cheap.
Society has a lot of evolving to get to Star Trek the next generation, where they have done away with money.
If we didn't regulate them with legislation, corporations would become more powerful than govs.
And turn civilization into their cash cow with no reprieves.
You have to give them protection to make return on investment though, or jobs go away and technology stalls.
It is a tough tightrope to balance on, cause greed and power corrupt.
Whatever works, use it.
A good idea stands on its own value independent of authorship.
If it stands or falls on the credibility of the author, maybe it isn't such a good idea.