20 May 2007

Copyright Fool or Copyright Knave?

It's hard to decide whether the author of these words is a copyright fool or a copyright knave:

No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind.

Well, apart from the one that intellectual property does not exist, is actually an intellectual monopoly, and hence a bad thing that should be limited as much as is possible?

Given that he comes from the Claremont Institute, whose mission is "to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." - ooh, look, weasel words - maybe I can guess which side of the fool/knave watershed he falls. (Via Against Monopoly.)


Anonymous said...

Hello Glyn

A very interesting blog. And an interesting point of view. May I also say 'the collective lives'? Ahh - that was the Borg, Isn't that right Locutus?

Glyn Moody said...

Thanks. Happily, lots of other people share my views.