Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Feb 2010 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source The world is slowly and surely going crazy. I'm sure of it now. The US copyright lobby has officially gone totally and utterly nuts. Get this: they are trying to lobby the US government to equate encouraging the use of Free and open source software to undermining intellectual property rights, and to weakening the software industry. I wish I was making this stuff up.
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Imagine I own a bank and you have $100,000 invested in an interest bearing account.

What if I take the annual interest due to you before it is deposited into your account? As you say 'What other party afterwards has less than they had before?'

You still have your $100,000, and I have your interest so everyone is happy right?

Wrong. I have stolen your potential income. My actions deprived you of your rightful income, just as downloading a movie/song deprives the artist of income they would have received had you bought it instead.

No, you haven't stolen anything. If we had a contractually agreed interest rate, you would be in material breach for failing to deliver, and I would have grounds to sue.

OTOH, if we had no agreement on the interest, I would have no recourse, other than withdrawing my money and looking for another bank.

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