yes, actually, IP DOES matter. we are not just talking about how cultures naturally exchange ideas when they interact with each other, how certain things (like symbols and geometric shapes) can’t be ‘copyrighted’ because they are so commonplace, how knowledge should be free instead of corporations laying claim to it so you have to pay, or how sometimes more than one person can come up with discovery or invention at the same time. it is about the deliberate historical revisionism that occurs when men take credit for women’s work, discoveries and inventions. that is harmful in itself by presenting very biased and inaccurate stories and gender stereotypes that uphold the very myths we believe in today.
simply put, IP should not matter when it comes to corporations and institutions (such as churches) that have successfully navigated their way through the legal system by claiming the same rights as people. those same entities hold monopolies and limit the distribution of knowledge, even the funding of thorough research into historical studies that would go against their agenda or propaganda.
creative work is derivative: http://archive.mises.org/11674/ and http://questioncopyright.org/minute_memes/all_creative_work_is_derivative