louigi.verona at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 08:53:30 UTC 2011
I agree with most of the things you say. So all I have to do is just make my
point a little bit more clear.
GPL is necessary in the world of copyright. It is, thus, founded in this
The copyright claim in itself - that ideas can be property - is unfounded.
The general claim - that implementations of ideas can be property - is,
in my view, also unfounded when the implementation itself is just a
collection of ideas, or, putting it more broadly, *when the implementation
is an immaterial object*.
The concept of property, made towards anything immaterial, makes little
sense and is always found on some artificial unnecessary grounds, whereas
property of physical objects is a concept based on necessary grounds - the
scarcity of physical objects (and thus the need for individual control of
An idea of a chair is implemented in a physical object. The concept of
is applicable to the physical implementation of a physical object.
An ideas of an author are implemented in a physical book and that physical
book can be property.
But when the book becomes a file, the file stops being a physical object, to
which the concept of property can be applied.
Strictly speaking, a file is still a physical object, but it is so small
and so cheap
to duplicate, that it can effectively be considered as non-scarce.
But usually people get convinced fairly easy that copyright is an
So any copyright/IP discussion really comes down to speaking about how
copyright as an artificial limitation can be founded. To put it simply: *why
think copyright is needed?*
The only argument I hear is that without copyright people will not do
And this argument is weak on many points, not to mention that it is has
The opposite though - that creativity will flourish without copyright - has
a vast amount
of empirical evidence.
Just to prevent some rightful criticism - it is true that demolition of
copyright law might
decrease creativity on part of those people, who were motivated in a very
However, I would argue that it will in turn increase creativity on part of
who were de-motivated by copyright law, and my argument would be that the
of those people is much larger and that their output would be much more
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