Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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Respect for Intellectual Properties
by vtel57 on Tue 30th Nov 2010 18:53 UTC
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The products of the mind of an artist, writer, or musician, etc. should be respected as their property. The problem currently is that with newer technologies like the Internet, it's easier for those products to be copied and distributed without the owner's permissions... or even their knowledge.

If I buy an album and loan it to you and you make copy for yourself, I see no harm in that. However, if I upload the same album to my server in mp3 format and a thousand of my online friends downloads it for their own personal use... well, that's theft of the artist's product and possibly his/her financial welfare.

The same can be said for movies, books, or any type of intellectual properties. If someone creates something and chooses to share it with the world, that's very COOL. However, those who choose to share in a limited way, while still retaining their rights to their properties, should be respected also.

As far as the U.S. Gov's response to this situation... well, I can't quite agree with the BIG HAMMER method of enforcement they're attempting to use. I think some diplomacy and some worldwide laws regarding copyright and intellectual property theft would be more constructive, albeit unrealistic to expect at this time.

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