Wow +Chuck Dahmer
and +Morgan Laco
thank you for taking me even further out B-D on this topic!
Chuck to take your example of a DVD a step further, does the information
contained on the Disc constitute an idea? Or is this where the
copier goes wrong in the example?
- The DVD is still on the store shelf unpurchased, then as a scarce resource it's stlll available for sale (presumably, at a market value) and the owner isn't hurt.
- The information taken from the DVD is now on its own, free in the aether to go wherever it's taken and in that sense could be used simultaneously, for whatever purpose, as the original.
- That same information was obtained (presumably) without the owner's permission (which is copyright infringement) so the owner could claim to be hurt by the action.
- The information contained in a recording of music or a movie file is neither a company secret, nor is it patented - just plain ol' copyright protects the owner's rights.
I really liked your example of the chromatic scales because who owns them? And what difference is there between using tones, which are the bones of music, and words, which are the bones of language?
I'm thinking in particular to many ( many...
) 'work processes' both in software and more recently in real life that have been patented: Often these are things many people did without formal documentation before the monetization of patents became so particular.
And +Stephen Kinsella
please feel free to join to this thread any thoughts you have - that is whatever you feel you can without giving away something you could sell elsewhere!