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  •  How so? (0+ / 0-)

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 05:52:41 PM PST

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    •  ?? (0+ / 0-)

      I don't understand your question.

      Shine like the humblest star.

      by ljm on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:51:42 PM PST

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      •  How does "Intellectual property= the new Slavery"? (0+ / 0-)

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:35:18 AM PST

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        •  Easy- corporations are being allowed by IP law (1+ / 0-)
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          to make us pay money for "intellectual property" that they do not have a moral right to, such as the taxpayer-funded research that they co-opt with pay-to-view access such as Aaron Swartz "violated". Yes, the law allows corporations to do this, but that is the problem, it is not a good reason to allow it to continue.

          This is not a matter of compensating the creative for the work they have done; this is rent-seeking by companies which amass "rights" to use or access of various IP that they did not create. There are plenty of ways to ensure the compensation of those who create intellectual property, which do not involve threatened or actual multimillion dollar fines or multiyear prison sentences.

          Calling it "slavery" may seem overblown to you but it has become a diseased outgrowth of Wage Slavery, in which we are forced to work in order to compensate others at obscene rates for IP which they have almost always bought at discount prices.

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