Re: Lets all be philosophers
From: Static Discharge (top.that_at_sixyoos.com)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 02:26:50 GMT
Martin Dickopp wrote:
> Static Discharge <email@example.com> writes:
>>Martin Dickopp wrote:
>>>Static Discharge <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>>>>If the law stated that all software had to be free, that would be
>>>Why do you think so? Please elaborate.
>>In communist systems everything belongs to the state. Essentially, that
>>is what would happen if the law stated that all software had to be free.
>>Each person would have equal access without the hindrance of financial
> I see your point. Did you assume that this hypothetic law requires you
> to distribute your software?
No, I assumed that if one did distribute software they would have to
make it free/open by law.
> I was thinking along the lines of the GNU GPL, i.e. /if/ you distribute,
> you have to include the source code, but you are not required to
> distribute. Since most software is not distributed, such a law wouldn't
> affect access to software very much.
I thought the hypothetical law was stating that all software had to be
free/open, not unlike GNU GPL. My argument was that this would be
>>>If I buy a TV set, I can disassemble it to see how it works. I can use the
>>>knowledge gained in this way to build another TV set. I can even parts of
>>>the TV set to build another device. But I can do none of these things with
>>>software. Copyright law grants companies monopolistic powers which usually
>>>only companies in communistic economies have. The problem is that copyright
>>>law establishes a communistic sub-economy.
>>If I understand the law aright, you cannot use patented designs to build
>>your televisions and distribute or sell them, unless you purchase the
>>rights or the parts from the owner of the patents.
> Yes, but I was explaining why I think that /copyright law/ has communistic
> properties. Patents and copyright are quite different concepts, so your
> reply does not contradict what I said. :)
Quite the opposite. If a person or a group has a copyright this gives
them ownership of the material to do with it what they please. In a
communist system the material automatically belongs to the state and
theoretically to everyone in that state to do with it what they please.
Experience has shown us that the materials end up belonging to the