[extropy-chat] intellectual property again

Randall Randall randall at randallsquared.com
Sat Jan 27 21:40:17 UTC 2007

On Jan 27, 2007, at 3:04 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 27, 2007 at 11:34:41AM -0800, spike wrote:
>> OK then.  I have listened to extropians debate intellectual  
>> property here
>> for years, and haven't said much myself.  I know both sides pretty  
>> well:
>> information wants to be free but information providers want to be  
>> paid.
>> I don't know how to call this one.  Would we call the original CD  
>> maker the
>> good bad guy and the new CD seller the bad bad guy?
> IP protection issue is not clear cut. No protection whatsoever  
> removes the
> incentive to create,

This simply isn't the case.  Lots of people create incessantly without
any compensation, and many others create in return for compensation
with the understanding that they'll compete against resellers (I do
this, myself, as everything I write is released under the most liberal
license possible -- usually public domain).

People who lobby for more restrictions rather than entering contractual
relationships with buyers merely want a division of benefit from the
sale that the buyer wouldn't agree to voluntarily.

Randall Randall <randall at randallsquared.com>
'Somebody wake up the National Rifle Association. Does the 2nd  
Amendment say
  "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be  
infringed except on
   commercial airliners"?' -- Garrison Keillor

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