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Re: Intellectual Property II

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Intellectual Property II
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 11:20:53 +0000

On Fri, 2006-02-10 at 11:41 +0100, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> [...]
> > Error no.1: it's not "intellectual property" but copyright that's being
> > discussed
> Copyright is a form of property

No. It is an artificial government granted temporary monopoly over a
work. This right can be bought or sold, inherited, licensed or otherwise
transferred. But it is not property.

If it was property it would not be temporary, and the government would
have no right to define an expiry date, or else we would be talking of a
totalitarian government.


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