Re: Corporate entities

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Oct 31 2001 - 08:53:59 MST wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Oct 2001, Mike Lorrey wrote, in the thread on lighthouses:
> > I do not oppose the elimination of corporate ownership of IP.
> > Corporations are not senient beings, and therefore cannot be artists.
> > The Constitution clearly states that Congress is to protect the
> > creators, the artists, not anyone else.
> I think as Extropians we would support the notion that collective and
> non-human entities should have rights if they are able to request them.
> We envision a time when social and mental structures will be much more
> complex than the simple distinction we have today between individuals and
> organizations. We could have hybrid beings with some of the properties
> of both.
> If two or more people want to hook up their brains and think collectively
> it should be OK. If someone wants to subdivide their consciousness
> into multiple semi-autonomous parts, that should be permitted as well.
> We should encourage experimentation like this. It will add diversity
> to the world and make more opportunities available to everyone.
> We are not able today to make biological changes, but we can support
> the existing mechanisms which allow for quasi- and virtual-persons to
> exist under the law. Corporations, partnerships, marriages and other
> groupings should be allowed to be treated as individuals when they choose,
> to the maximum degree practical.

In one word, NO. Corporations do not create anything through their own
imagination. The individuals do so to greater and lesser degrees. The
janitor doesn't create a building or machine design, doesn't design a
logo or ad campaign. The secretary doesn't create a business plan or
program an application. It is individual human beings who create.

In a family, the preexisting children, the in-laws, etc do not
contribute one whit to the actual creation of a baby. That is the job of
the husband and wife. They are the ones who are the artists, the
creators, and therefore they are the ones with the rights in respect to
their creation.

Any creation of art should be credited to those individuals who created
it, in proportion to the degree of their original creative contribution
to the final result, and any financial gain from the sale of said art
should be in proportion to their respective degree of contribution.

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