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  •  It is not property vs freedom at all (1+ / 0-)
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    Fairness and a pragmatic solution possibly but not property vs freedom.

    If someone invests time in creating something and don't want it stolen they are not anti freedom.

    SOPA in its current form was just downright bad law with the potential for disastrous consequences.

    •  You can't steal trademark, patent, or copyright (1+ / 0-)
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      You can COPY those things, but if you do, the owner does not have any less of them. It is disingenuous to claim that non-rivalrous goods are like other goods and can be stolen. You can violate a creator's state-given monopoly rights to temporarily control their creation, but that is not stealing, it is a licensing issue.

      If someone invests time in creating a non-rivalrous good and they do not want anyone to copy it, they should never share it with anyone. But that would harm society, and so it is in society's best interest to promote the sharing of non-rivalrous goods.That is the only reason we have patents, copyright, and trademarks, to benefit the public, not the creator.

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