Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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RE: Comment by D3M0N
by ricegf on Sat 25th Jul 2009 18:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by D3M0N"
ricegf
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"I've always had the opinion that companies such as Apple can do what they want with the software that *they* created."

It's surprising to me how successful Disney and their ilk have been at convincing ordinary citizens that the expression of ideas - literature, computer codes, multimedia - is somehow naturally a "property" to be owned indefinitely and controlled exclusively by an "owner".

In the USA, however, this is a fairly recent (bad) idea. The constitution is explicit - society has chosen to strike a bargain with those authors who choose to accept it: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries". (http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html, Section 8)

Note "limited Times". Note "to promote ... Progress". This was to be a TEMPORARY extension of PRIVILEGE (not a right), solely for the benefit of SOCIETY.

What privilege society grants, society can revoke.

Please reconsider your misconception that the expression of ideas can be owned by any one person or (God forbid) corporation.

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