Re: Intellectual property
Fri, 28 Mar 1997 02:05:43 -0500 (EST)

The arguments concerning intellectual property all rely, of course, on the
concept of property. Property itself is not natural, it is cultural. There
are cultures which have little or no sense of property/ownership, so it is
not even a given of civilization. Since it is an artificial concept we can
define it any way , and we can assign moral values to the ways it is used.
If we define it distinctly, there will always be factors which are not
accouhnted for. If we define it indistincly there will be even more
arguments. Whats good for one may not be whats good for many. Intellectual
property is an even more artificial aspect of property. What the
intellectual changes still coming in our lifetimes will make possible or
practical is still apparently unclear. These are my thoughts.