I'm cool with it.
COMPLETELY agree...the outrageous and self-serving notion of "freedom" to peddle copies of other people's idiosyncratic, free-standing, fixed-form original WORK is exactly that, OUTRAGEOUS AND SELF-SERVING. Usually tho not always, the "belief" is held by people who never had an original idea in their lives and likely won't.
That said, YOU are in la-la land (I hope you don't think you coined that phrase, or THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE) if you think there are no REPUBLICAN Ron Paul Supporters who oppose copyright protection. They're just keepin' quiet, 'cuz they don't want their Heavy Hitters jumping off the NO ONE BUT RON PAUL AS A REPUBLICAN & FAILING THAT, REPUBLICAN GAINS little red wagon.
Last edited by cheapseats; 05-29-2012 at 12:35 PM.
I don't think anyone is arguing that you have to produce for free. Most of the issue people have with IP is that it protects distributors, NOT content producers. In fact it can bite the actual content producers in the ass if they sign up with a bad distributor. As for actual ideas, yeah, once you use them to create something, you should no longer have rights to the idea itself, just to your specific implementation of it. If you want to retain rights to an idea, then you make sure you find your own unique niche that your competitors won't be able to touch.
There's plenty of disagreement among libertarians on that subject. I'd say most libertarians I've known believe in intellectual property rights.
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Free Roger Pion
The first thing you should ask yourself is, do you object to being called a libertarian because they are lumping you into a collective even though you are an individual?
Or is it because the term "libertarian" may have some bad conotations? And if it does, who do you think has given it that bad name?
In its most basic, the term refers to those who support liberty. Liberty being freedom from arbitrary or despotic government.
Why would someone object to being referred to as someone who is against arbitrary or despotic government? Unless you have been trained to object to it.
First and foremost, I am an individual. I have my own thoughts and ideals. When someone puts a label on me it tells me more about them than it does about me.
Definition of political insanity: Voting for the same people expecting different results.
On another note, patent protection does extend to Jewelry. However, because jewelry has been around for thousands of years, its next to impossible to prove your work is new and thus de facto there is no protection. I don't see that stopping the jewelry market.
Therefore I conclude that copyright and patent are not required for a creative industry to flourish as there are two counter examples.
Because KNOCK-OFFS...an imperceptibly different cut, a cheap zipper here, some gold plating there...are a thriving sector of the FASHION & ACCESSORY INDUSTRY, people should also be "free" to profitably reproduce and disseminate YOUR original work. It's GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, dontcha know.
got eminent domain?