Intellectual property

and Open standards

Protection of software developing corporations intellectual property rights may have subjective benefits to the consumer, it, in all reality, hurts them more.

Imagine buying a car, but not being able to look under the hood without breaking the law. Would that suit you?

Open standards not only benefit the 'consumer' -- they also benefit the developers by enabling every consumer to add value to the software they use (imagine the opposite of death spiral known in economy).