[sword-devel] conversations with Stallman
Sat, 22 Dec 2001 18:34:20 +1100
>>Yes but things that are wrong because they are against the
>>law, not because of some deep moral principle, can be
>>changed through the political process. That's why it's important
>>not to call it theft or piracy when it's not theft or piracy.
> I don't understand, how is stealing intellectual property
What intellectual property? There is no such thing. There are
copyrights, patents and
trademarks - that's all.
> not theft? I
>don't know of any time God has advocated rebelling against any reasonable
>law. Thus, if God doesn't advocate it, isn't it a deep moral priciple?
I am not an American, but let's look at the US constitution. The
founders, somewhat reluctantly
allowed for copyrights and patents for a reasonable time to promote
reasonable time was 14 years. Now copyrights are extended to longer than
lifetime and retrospectively. That does not promote inovation, and it is
a theft from
the public domain.
You've got to remember that no idea, song, story came about in
was built on top of the shoulders of previous giants. When you copyright
and take exclusive rights to it, you are taking from these previous
giants without giving
back. Copyrights and patents were supposed to run out quickly as a way
to give back
and also as a platform of material for the next innovators.
As it happens there is an interesting article today about this very