steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
Sat Nov 12 05:33:35 CET 2005
On Fri, 11 Nov 2005 11:17:43 -0500, Mike Meyer wrote:
>> I'd just like to make it non-trivial to make or use additional copies.
> How do you do that without infringing my fair use rights?
And that is the million dollar question.
So-called "intellectual property" is a government-granted monopoly which
is not based on any principle of ownership. Ideas are not something you
can own in any real sense (as opposed to the legal fiction), ideas are
something that you can *have* -- but having had an idea, you can't
naturally prevent others from having the same idea independently, or
making use of your idea if you tell them about it -- and should you tell
them your idea so that now they have it as well, that does not diminish
the fact that you also have that idea.
Given the absolute lack of real evidence that strong "intellectual
property" laws are good for either innovation or the economy, and given
the absolute artificiality of treating ideas as if they were scarce goods,
I don't understand why the artificial monopoly rights of copyright holders
are allowed to trump the natural rights of copyright users.
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