Bill Gates and other communists

When CNET asked Bill Gates about software patents, he shifted the subject to “intellectual property,” blurring the issue with various other laws.
Then he said anyone who won’t give blanket support to all these laws is a communist. Since I’m not a communist but I have criticized software patents, I got to thinking this might be aimed at me.
When someone uses the term “intellectual property,” typically he’s either confused himself, or trying to confuse you. The term is used to lump together copyright law, patent law and various other laws, whose requirements and effects are entirely different. Why is Mr. Gates lumping these issues together? Let’s study the differences he has chosen to obscure.Bill Gates and other communists | Perspectives | CNET