Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Nov 2011 14:18 UTC
Legal The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, is kind of on a roll lately. We already discussed how they outlawed generic ISP-side internet filters, and now, in an opinion (so it's not a ruling just yet), Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Court, has stated that functions provided by computer programs, as well as the programming languages they're written in, do not receive copyright protection. The opinion is very well-written, and relatively easy to read and grasp. Note: Brilliant quote from a comment over at Hacker News: "Copyright makes you write your own code. Patents prevent you from writing your own code."
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RE[7]: Comment by ilovebeer
by JLF65 on Tue 29th Nov 2011 23:56 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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You're clearly unfamiliar with the term 'artificial scarcity' - look it up sometime. Some people are currently making money selling things that have no (or little) intrinsic value. Time always eliminates these 'jobs', and it's a good thing. Society shouldn't spend more on things than what they are worth. That's inefficiency, and pulls everybody down (except for a scant few getting rich off said inefficiency).

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RE[8]: Comment by ilovebeer
by MOS6510 on Wed 30th Nov 2011 07:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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If you'd only pay for what something's really worth the producer of this product can only break even if he sells all of his stock, making no profit.

It's unlikely you can sell of of your products, unless they are iPhones or iPads, but why would someone go through all of this trouble when he can not make a profit? And part of the profit can be used to create more and better products.

So if people copy music/software it might reach a point for some producers to ask themselves "why bother?". Companies like Microsoft can take a large amount of piracy and even arguably benefit from it, but smaller companies can't.

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