[pp.int.general] "Natural" law
r.bakels at planet.nl
Thu Jan 8 14:48:21 CET 2009
> In this particular issue, it's not a human rights issue - the issue
> whether of not imaginary property is property or not.
> Some people imagine that copyright is property (that's why I call it
> imaginary property). Of course you're not going to counter this argument
> by using human rights arguments directly.
> By refuting that imaginary property isn't property, the flawed human
> rights argument falls by itself.
Granted, the words "stealing" and "theft" are inappropriate here, but
copyright (or author's right, for that matter) IS a property right in the
sense of the ECHR and for instance the German constitution. If you want to
contest that, you either have to bluff, or to argue against established
statutory rules and case law.
Ergo: politics should refrain from legalistic arguments.
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