Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th May 2011 22:40 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Internet & Networking "John Perry Barlow - EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher - arrived in Paris and began tweeting up a storm from the e-G8 summit gathered there this week to discuss the future of the Internet." Incredible what Sarkozy is planning - how about he focus on the many problems in France the people there are actually suffering from?
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RE[2]: Synthetic scarcity
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 26th May 2011 13:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Synthetic scarcity"
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We can bestow property-ness upon ideas using laws if we want to.

Keywords: we, want.

"We" do not "want" such laws. At least, not in their current form. We live in (what are claimed to be) democracies, and that means that laws exist to serve US, and not the other way around. As a result, if "we" collectively decide we do not longer "want" a law (as has clearly happened with the case of copyright), then such laws become meaningless. Laws are only legitimate because we collectively decide to follow them, because we see merit in them - and NOT because some guy in a suit tells us to.

That's why common knee-jerk responses like "So if I want to kill someone I should just be able to disregard the law?" are missing the point completely - you'll be hard-pressed to find many people who believe we should not follow laws against murder in the same way we do not follow copyright law.

The people are usually quicker to adapt to changing morals than than lawmakers do. Big content will try to pour more and more money to buy laws, but in the end, it's futile - you can buy lawmakers, but you can't buy the people.

Edited 2011-05-26 13:07 UTC

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