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Re: Intellectual Property II

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Intellectual Property II
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 12:57:50 +0100

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> 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.

Oh dear. Your Oberfuhrer Moglen (darn that RMS lives in a cubbyhole on 
MIT campus) has "an artificial government granted temporary monopoly" 
over his house and land as well. Same (almost) as with copyright. It's 
all about balancing, you know.
(Governments can seize private land, high court rules)


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