You only own stuff that can be stolen
Posted Jan 30, 2013 22:43 UTC (Wed) by Max.Hyre
In reply to: Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture
Parent article: Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture
I begin with the premise that when I make something -- software, music, a book, a table, an apple pie, anything -- I own that thing and all the rights entangled with it.
I'm afraid that premise is wrong. Intellectual effort
does not produce property.
Fundamental property rights don't need legislation to create
They get laws to punish those who violate them, but
the government doesn't create my right to this ham
sandwich---I did when I bought it.
``Intellectual property rights'' are a snare and a
The U.S. Constitution recognizes copyright as a
out of thin air.
Previous to that,
no one had any property rights in writing, art, whatever.
After that, no one had any, either.
Despite the unfortunate name, copyright
isn't a right, it's a monopoly on copying.
applies to things the thief takes away from the owner: ham
sandwiches, cash, Maseratis, &c. When an infringer copies a
photo, the creator still has it. Nothing has been taken.
Copyright, licensing, and all such schemes are, from my
point of view, legal scaffolding erected, in principle, to
protect my rights[.]
Copyright gives you a monopoly on copying, licensing,
the monopoly, it doesn't protect a
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