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Subject: [Freeciv] OT: intellectual property
From: Lalo Martins <lalo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 09:19:31 -0300

On Wed, Jul 19, 2000 at 07:27:53PM -0700, Brandon Van Every wrote:
> This intellectual property stuff isn't about "The State."  It's about
> game developers being protected from people who willfully infringe upon
> their works of authorship, thereby diminishing their profits and their
> chance of ekeing out an independent livelihood by means of their
> authorship.

You buy into too much propaganda.

It's not about protecting developers _at all_. It's about
protecting companies. Developers wouldn't have to "sweat blood"
if the company they work for didn't make them.

And before you say "the world doesn't owe you XXX" again - the
world doesn't owe you intellectual property. Different than
material property, IP is not recognized as a fundamental right,
but rather is a convention created in the Renaissence to
protect creativity. Read up on it.

You like to compare IP to capitalism and Freedom-software to
marxism. But it's actually the opposite, by your own criteria:
IP is state intervention, not free market.

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