[ExI] New IP thread

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Fri Jul 23 19:03:07 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 03:26:19PM -0700, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:

> What IP-deniers say boils down to claiming that any act of disclosure
> of information automatically authorizes copying, even if the
> disclosure is explicitly accompanied by restrictions on use of the
> information. They deny that voluntary participation in the exchange of
> information may be accompanied by legitimate limitations on some
> further uses of that informantion - but only when it suits them. When

Wrong again.

Of course Bob may consent to duplication restrictions on some
information, as a condition of being told that information by Alice.
NDAs.  No one denies that.

But if Bob breaks the NDA and tells Carol, Carol has not consented to
any such restriction.  IP-deniers deny that Alice has a right to impose
restrictions on what Carol can do with what are now her thoughts.
Copyright, backed up by a government, gives Alice that power anyway.  As
do privacy laws, also backed up by a government.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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