Apples and oranges, sir.
We're talking about intellectual property, which is in another whole
legal sphere from real property.
It comes down to Constitutional issues. I am for strict
Constitutional interpretations, because I believe we should all be
playing from the same page, something we can't do once we start
playing fast and loose with the rules, or arbitrarily extending the
rights of corporations because it suits our major PAC contributors.
On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM, Colin Lamb <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "Nobody is denying the societal benefit of copyrights. What is being
> disputed is the societal benefit of eternal copyrights,"
> Why is this position different than saying when I build a commercial building
> with my labor, and rent it out for 25 years, that I have benefitted enough so
> that it should then revert to public domain, and become a public building?
> Is that freedom? What are the societal benefits of letting someone keep the
> building he built forever? If the government takes the building away for the
> good of the public, how would we feel about that?
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