"Microsoft isn't a person, it's a company!"
Posted Jul 21, 2006 21:15 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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.
Furthermore, the moral aspect of copyrights and patents are almost never what we're talking about when we speak of copyrights and patents. We're nearly always talking about the laws. Those laws were written with no consideration of a person's moral right to his creations, but rather with a pragmatic social engineering goal. Copyright laws create legal rights out of thin air, with no pretense that they're founded on moral rights.
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