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Re: gpl licensing

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: gpl licensing
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 18:47:43 +0100

Richard Tobin wrote:
> In article <>,
> Alexander Terekhov  <> wrote:
> >> >Intellectual property is property.
> >> And property is theft.
> >
> As usual, you miss the point.  Just as the fact that's there's an
> often-quoted assertion "property is theft" doesn't prove that property
> IS theft, the fact that someone coined the phrase "intellectual
> property" does not mean that such a thing exists.  Both are just
> slogans for a political viewpoint.

Intellectual property is a slogan? It's a law, not a slogan. 

And as for theft (of intellectual property)...

                             PART I--CRIMES
Sec. 1832. Theft of trade secrets

    (a) Whoever, with intent to convert a trade secret, that is related 
to or included in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate 
or foreign commerce, to the economic benefit of anyone other than the 
owner thereof, and intending or knowing that the offense will, injure 
any owner of that trade secret, knowingly--
        (1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes, 
    carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception 
    obtains such information;
        (2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws, 
    photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies, 
    replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or 
    conveys such information;
        (3) receives, buys, or possesses such information, knowing the 
    same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted 
    without authorization;
        (4) attempts to commit any offense described in paragraphs (1) 
    through (3); or
        (5) conspires with one or more other persons to commit any 
    offense described in paragraphs (1) through (3), and one or more of 
    such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy,

shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined under this title 
or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
    (b) Any organization that commits any offense described in 
subsection (a) shall be fined not more than $5,000,000.

for example.


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