Re: When is an MP3 NOT a nonrival, nonexcludable good?

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 11:52:41 MDT

>From: "Alex F. Bokov" <>

Everyone is forgetting that our laws are meant to benefit the general
public, first and foremost, and not necessarily advance teh taking of
profit, although business is a good thing, in general.

We should enforce by law those products that are valuable to us, and that
without such enforcement would not be available. If all protection by
criminal law for music were removed, we would still have musicians making
music. Does anyone doubt that? And of course, civil law could still be
enforced, if it is worthwhile for the artist....

Probably much the same for movies--the theaters are there for use by young
people as neutral forums for courting purposes. Yes, a lot revenue would be
lost, but the product would still be there.

I say remove all protection by criminal law for the "arts". There would not
be any great loss for anyone.

Science should of course be protected by law.

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