Re: Information & Power /Alexandria library

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 3 May 1999 08:24:50 -0700 (PDT)

>>  If you support theft by State grant (copyright), why not taxes?

> How is a copyright theft by state grant? I view it as a 'brand"
> to identify one's property
> EvMick

That's a trademark, not a copyright. Trademarks are just like real property in that they are genuinely scarce, and have value in their scarcity. It is not possible for two people to use the same name without interference. Indeed, they are economic "diamond goods", whose only value /is/ their scarcity, so it is theoretically possible that government could pay for itself by being the central registry of names and have no negative effects on the economy--I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up more often.

Copyright is different--by claiming a copyright to a piece of information, the government is aiding you in enforcing a monopoly on /all copies/ of that information produced by anyone--even those that can be used by many people without interference. My use of a book does not interfere with yours or anyone's. If I make copies of it, I do not diminish anyone else's use, but I do compete with the author's market. Our government has decided that protecting the market for authors and inventors is worth granting this monopoly--that is certainly arguable, because we do not generally protect markets in other things.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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