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  • The Moral Justification of Piracy

    I think this will be of interest to Sandbox regulars. From one of Dr. Strangelove's (a.k.a. E-Male) lectures at the University of Ottawa:

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    Re: The Moral Justification of Piracy

    One of the irritating issues regarding this discussion comes from the... "infallible" nature that copyright and patent law are ascribed. As soon as Mickey Mouse stops getting his protection extended, I might be more inclined to think of infringement in a more negative light.

    But where there's a potential for money, there's a fat, greasy hand reaching for it.

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      Re: The Moral Justification of Piracy

      I don't think that absolute opposition to copyright is better than mickey mouse extensions to nullify the actual benefits of copyright as used for the basis for having intellectual property, an increase in shared public knowledge in the public domain. It should be limited to commercial infringement (after all, music on the radio used be free advertising for sales, now companies have to pay to play those advertisements if they play the radio at work...).

      Copyright needs to stay limited to less than two decades and it must only apply to commercial ventures. Infringement without profit shouldn't be an issue. If what you are selling can be copied and shared in 10 seconds by a 12 year old, it has no physical value and you should focus your efforts to make money on something else, like live shows, rights for inclusion in movies and ads.

      Isn't the book he is reading from copyrighted? Too funny.
      |TG-6th|Snooggums

      Just because everyone does something does not mean that it is right to do.

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        Re: The Moral Justification of Piracy

        These words are Copyright (C) 2010, all rights reserved, by Dr. Strangelove. Stop reading these words. If you continue reading this warning we will take everything you have away from you. Stop.
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          Re: The Moral Justification of Piracy

          Europe doesn't recognize software patents and yet software still gets written there. (Although attempts continue to be made to create the same environment of suppression of innovation there that we "enjoy" in the US.)
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

          Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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            Re: The Moral Justification of Piracy

            Originally posted by E-Male View Post
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            Ah, but the words were already in existence in front of me. I read them, but did not copy or infringe upon a personal right.

            The only real justification for piracy is the Irregulars. :P

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            something which is not everything it should be." Edgar Allan Poe

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