"Microsoft isn't a person, it's a company!"
Posted Jul 21, 2006 16:28 UTC (Fri) by zlynx
In reply to: "Microsoft isn't a person, it's a company!"
Parent article: Free Software Sets the Computing Agenda
Copyright and other intellectual property may be a moral right, in that we believe people have a right to profit from the work they do.
However, the precise amount of profit and the limits of control certainly are mere legal constructs. These are specifics that everyone disagrees with but can usually compromise on.
For example, an artist may have a moral right to profit from a song she has written. However, does she have that right for 25 years or life? What are the limits to what she can charge? Does she have any right to control the uses of her song once she sells a copy?
These specifics are not moral rights.
Copyrights, trademarks and patents have a basis in a moral right to benefit from our own work but the specifics are mere legal constructs. Therefore, xoddam makes no false assumptions.
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