Branden Robinson <email@example.com> writes: > * Because copyrights are not inherent, are not natural rights, are not > granted by God, but in fact merely incentive programs instituted by > governments, one does not "violate" the rights of anyone when one > disregards or acts contrary to a person's copyright. When someone's > "rights" are "violated" we can and often do think of horrific things > like the torture of Abner Louima, or the mass execution of > Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. Putting Mickey > Mouse in your movie or trading Smashing Pumpkins songs with your > friends, or even the whole world, isn't even close to the same thing. > So, let us not speak of "violating someone's copyright", since this > confuses the language of natural rights with the legal fiction > called copyright. Considering the Smashing Pumpkins made their final album freely distributable, they are a poor example. Use Metallica or some other litigious band instead. -- My secret to happiness... is that I have a heart of a 12-year-old boy. It's over here in a jar. Would you like to see it?
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