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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:14 -0000
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> Like the experiment of giving authors copyrights that terminate after a
>> finite time span?  
>
> It goes down to reward for creating a new thing (intangible intellectual
> thing in this case) to stimulate creation by means of free market. I
> think that copyright/patent shall be infinite just like infinite
> ownership of tangible things (subject to philanthropy). But other folks
> think otherwise.

In old times, it had been the privilege of the devil to make contracts
for intangible assets remaining after your death.

Your intangible assets become profitable only by the state guaranteeing
copyright.  Why should the state bother to do something like that when
he'll never get anything back?

-- 
David Kastrup


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