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aborchers's Journal: Promoting the Useful Arts or Concentrating Ownership? 3

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Does United States intellectual property law, as currently enacted and practiced, fulfill the Constitutional directive "to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" or is it leading progressively to the concentration of control of creative and scientific works in a handful of corporate powerhouses? That is the question I would like to ponder in this thread. Comments are enabled, so please contribute!

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Promoting the Useful Arts or Concentrating Ownership?

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  • that commercial interests have sought to usurp the intent of our founding fathers. With Disney singing "I Got You, Babe!" to the late Sonny Bono as a notable example, some (most?) politicos just can't resist the allure of the almightly buck. Now do you think it really serves the interests of art and science to extend copyright protection to "forever less one day"?

    That's why piracy is so important. No, really! It's yet another market force to help guide those that would sell their mothers do the right
    • That's why piracy is so important. No, really! It's yet another market force to help guide those that would sell their mothers do the right thing, if even for the wrong reason.

      I don't buy it. Piracy plays into the draconian plans of the IP cartels, giving them the leverage they need to bend the law to their intent. If piracy didn't exist, they would have to invent it.

      The only legitimate way for the market to resist abuse by of the content industry is by lawful economic counterforce, e.g. active or passi

      • I don't buy it.

        You do understand piracy! ;) (Sorry, couldn't resist!) The effects are not mutually exclusive. You are correct that they are using piracy as a boondoogle. The real piracy problems are pros who genuinely cost them money. As for my "Kill Bill" killer DVD quality rip, what the heck, it's not like I'm not going to pay for the real deal when it comes out. (Or maybe not... I saw it and it's was only so-so...;) As for when people will create their own content and stop copying other works?

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks

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