[pp.int.general] Plagiarism is bad because it infringes copyright????
teirdes at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 18:38:42 CET 2011
On 02.03.2011 18:21, Richard Stallman wrote:
> shows something repulsive:
> She claims that each of a dozen unrelated laws is a "higher good" that
> ustifies trampling most people's freedom and interests.
It is. It is called GDP. Our entire economy is built up around the
concept that GDP is there and that GDP grows infinitely. If GDP does not
grow we have failed and will all live in misery.
Maybe this will change as the Chinese economy grows and we have a more
difficult time keeping up even with domestic production (especially of
physical property - I also have though a lot about the service economy
and how it relates to employment, and GDP).
Even public institutions in all member states fiddle around with tax
money to create unnecessary cash flows between state owned institions (i
have a good article on this from a Swedish online debate site if anyone
is interested) because cash flows, with property, with something that
can be exchanged for money (that is, anything at all, not just a
whatever whatever) create GDP.
I don't buy the idea that a similar amount of property could be created
without copyright, since a copyright-non-monopoly would (especially with
free file-sharing and infinite knowledge for non-enterprises be
legalised) by definition create a situation where less money is shuffled
through the economy, and less immaterial firm assets can be used to
acertain the "value" of an enterprise (the portfolio needs to be BIG for
it to work on an international investment market).
> Even if we forget about most of those laws, and imagine that she's
> only talking about copyright when she says "intellectual property",
> her statement is still twisted, because she is distorting the concept
> of plagiarism.
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