A Publisher Defends Pirate Bay

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 26 Apr 2009 04:29:59 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Paul Rosenberg has released a number of his books under the Creative Commons U.S. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license ( creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ ). He's not real fond of the world we live in where intellectual property is so easy to copy, for free, but he realizes that it is that way, so he fully supports The Pirate Bay. Bravo! I saved a copy of A Lodging of Wayfaring men. If you like it, I encourage you to make a donation, or buy it on dead trees. [dgcmagazine]

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Great, but no reason to be afraid of the public domain

Submitted by Arto Bendiken on Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:02:25 GMT

Recognizing the impracticality of "intellectual property" is one thing, but recognizing its inherent illegitimacy is another. There's every reason to question the very existence of copyright, and little reason to think that authors will stop producing or making a living in the absence of government-granted special privileges guaranteeing them a coercive monopoly backed up by men with guns. I've included relevant links and reading in my copyright policy at http://ar.to/copyright

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Public Domain

Submitted by Peter Saint-Andre on Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:04:25 GMT

Hey Arto, you stole my intellectual property when you posted that copyright notice! Oh wait, I placed it in the public domain. I guess you're not a pirate after all. ;-) More in my essay Who's Afraid of the Public Domain?

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