Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Oct 2006 21:10 UTC
In the News "The simple question 'what's wrong with software patents?' stirs up controversy and divides the IT industry into two camps like no other. Every group has their own ideology about software patents. Those who don't like them claim that they are anti-competitive, that they are tools used by industry giants to crush free and open software, that they are bad for innovation, that they are monopolies. Those who like them claim that they are simply units of intellectual property, to be traded like any other commodity."
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Citizen are property??
by behemot on Tue 31st Oct 2006 22:17 UTC
behemot
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2005-11-14

The author (Pieter) states: "We are, as citizens, property of the state, and in some countries we can still be traded, bought, and sold, and make money for our owners.?"

I don't know about United States, Europe, Japan, China, Canada, Israel, et al., but the constitution of Brazil, its Civil code, its Penal code, and, as far I know, no other applicable law made me, as a Brazilian citizen, a property of the Brazilian state.
Where in Europe (I doubt that the name 'Pieter' could be of an American) a citizen is a property of the state?

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RE: Citizen are property??
by dylansmrjones on Tue 31st Oct 2006 23:00 in reply to "Citizen are property??"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Well, nowhere I think. People are not property where I come from.

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RE[2]: Citizen are property??
by StychoKiller on Wed 1st Nov 2006 02:40 in reply to "Citizen are property??"
StychoKiller Member since:
2005-09-20

If you are not the property of the state, then why
are you supplying its livelihood by paying taxes?
Look up the meaning of real estate -- the state owns
the ground you live on, how does it not own you?

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