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  •  Life was no part of the original copyright (4+ / 0-)
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    StrayCat, aztecraingod, xgy2, wsexson

    laws passed by Congress.

    One 14 year term, renewable for 14.

    You cannot own an idea.  "Ownership" is something Ayn Rand and her followers grafted on to Copyright.

    Copyright is a temporary exclusive right to the profits from a work, not ownership of that work.  That's no quibble - it's the difference between owning Yosemite, and getting the hotel concession at Yosemite for a limited time.

    Copyright is a privilege we extend to an individual in order to serve the greater good.  

    Nuclear weapons don't kill people, Harry Trumans kill people.

    by JesseCW on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:47:10 AM PDT

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    •  amend to "public good" and I'm (0+ / 0-)

      100% with you.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 10:09:43 AM PDT

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    •  You own the execution of the idea. (2+ / 0-)
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      I write romances. Boy meets girl, falls in love, happily ever after. That's an idea. The execution involves a bazillion different things which make up a bazillion different books.

      •  No. You don't own it. (0+ / 0-)

        You own the paper you wrote it on, certainly.  But you do not own, and cannot own, and idea.

        If you copyright it, you own the exclusive right to profit from for a limited time.

        Ownership does not expire.

        Nuclear weapons don't kill people, Harry Trumans kill people.

        by JesseCW on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:46:17 PM PDT

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