Re: Yet another IP argument (was Re: My Extropian Manifesto...)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat Aug 12 2000 - 15:49:23 MDT

>From: "Loree Thomas" <>

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>

> > If I grab your DNA (and possibly your spouses as well) and produce a
> > of your offspring, not only have I made you responsible for 12 people
> > your consent,
>Sorry, that doesn't follow. If you produce them, they are YOUR offspring,
>not mine. The source of the genetic material is, well, immaterial! Your
>could have stolen it... you could have coded it from the ground up... who
>cares? It's just bits of information until some entity (you, in this case)
>acts to turn those bits into a human being. By your argument, a scientist
>who created an organism out of whole cloth wouldn't be responsible for that
>organism (he wasn't the donor for the genetic material)... in fact, since
>there was no donor, no one would be responsible for it.

Not to mention the fact that there wouldn't be a drop of semem in any sperm
bank on Earth if the donor was financially (or otherwise) responsible for
all the children fertilized from his donation. Think about it.


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