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Re: Richard Stallman what a tosser, was Why open source software is bet

From: Aaron R. Kulkis
Subject: Re: Richard Stallman what a tosser, was Why open source software is better
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 19:08:17 -0500

Nick Condon wrote:
> Jay Maynard wrote:
> >On 23 Mar 2001 14:59:13 GMT, Nick Condon
> ><> wrote:
> >>Copyright in the United States is supposed to exist for the sake of
> >>users; benefits for publishers and even for authors are not given for
> >>the sake of those parties, but only as an inducement to change their
> >>behavior. As the Supreme Court said in Fox Film Corp. v. Doyal: "The
> >>sole interest of the United States and the primary object in conferring
> >>the [copyright] monopoly lie in the general benefits derived by the
> >>public from the labors of authors.
> >>That doesn't sound like property to me.
> >
> >It passes the duck test (if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a
> >duck, it's a duck): it can be bought and sold like property, and is
> >considered an asset with a monetary value like property, so it's
> >property.
> Let's stretch this analogy as far as it will go. Copyrights are cows that
> the government orders to quack like a duck and walk like duck because it
> understands ducks and likes dealing with ducks, but it doesn't really
> understand cows.
> Allow me to translate this into what we're really talking about: Copyright
> law is imposed by the government which uses an over-streched analogy with
> physical property (it's a cow that is *ordered* to quack like a duck).

Intellectual property is NOT the same thing as information.

Intellectual property is the PRESENTATION of information.

For example, you cannot copyright the data on a periodic table of the elements,
but you CAN copyright your formatting of it.

> The concept of property runs much deeper than mere legality; tribal
> societies understand it, 3 year old kids understand it. Those concepts of
> property arise to avoid disputes. If I cook spagetti, I object if someone
> else eats it, because then I cannot eat it. His action hurts me exactly as
> much as it benefits him; only one of can eat the spagetti. So that we are
> not endlessly fighting over spagetti, we observe simple rules to decide
> which one of us gets it.
> Our system of economics is not well equipped to deal with information.
> Economics is fundamentally about managing scarcity (for without scarcity
> there is no need to economise). But information isn't scarce. It can be
> endlessly copied with depriving anyone else. So the solution they came up
> with is for the government to artificially impose scarcity through
> copyright laws .i.e to order the cow to quack. That's madness.
> --
> Nick

Aaron R. Kulkis
Unix Systems Engineer
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