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Re: [OT] Intelectual Property Law

On Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:52:13 -0500
John Hasler <jhasler@newsguy.com> wrote:

> I wrote:
> > Thus you have a monopoly on the reproduction of copies of your work.
> Celajar writes:
> > Okay, but this is veering close to sophistry; I can also say that any
> > private ownership of property is monopolistic, since it gives the
> > owner a monopoly on the use of some particular piece of property.
> Monopolies are commoplace and not, in and of themselves, necessarily
> either illegal or immoral.  Nonetheless copyright creates monopolies
> where none would otherwise exist: that is its purpose.

I can say the same about the very institution of private property; it
creates a monopoly (only I have the legal right to use a particular
piece of property) where none would otherwise exist, and that is its
very purpose.


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