Re: Obsolesence of Intellectual Property

From: John M Grigg (
Date: Sun Aug 06 2000 - 00:46:40 MDT

>From: Paul Hughes <>
>Subject: Re: Obsolesence of Intellectual Property
>Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 00:32:02 -0700
>Jason Joel Thompson wrote:
> > Uh, actually this argument fails to sway because it defines theft in
> > simplistic terms. You might not be stealing my music if you copy it,
> > you certainly are stealing my profit. If you desire something that I
> > spent energy producing, then it is clear that we should come to some
> > arrangement by which I should end up with something that you have spent
> > energy producing (like, er, money for instance.)

Phil Osborn wrote:
Actually, it just occurred to me that I get about as much enjoyment at the spa where I work out from watching all the hot female hard bodies in action as I do from music - perhaps more. Perhaps I should be paying them a royalty? They certainly put a lot of work into getting to the point that I can enjoy the sight of them, and it was probably done at least partially for the purpose of creating that reaction in the right man.

I remember a Chinese legend about a very wise judge who had in his court a furious baker who said a poor man in his village would come and stand outside his bakery everyday to enjoy the smell. And the man did not even recompense the baker for this!! The judge ordered that the poor man jingle the change in his pockets. "You have now been paid!," was the response of the judge...


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