Is Intellectual Property Really Property?
If you watched the video of Tina Turner (above, recorded in Sopot, Poland) or you're reading this post, your digital device is probably rendering some type of copy.
Tina Turner first recorded her vocal track for the original hit record on March 7th, 1966 - 51 years ago. And this video of her singing live was recorded August 15th, 2000. And I wrote these words on Wed. March 8, 2017 ("my" words - in this particular order to express some ideas).
Assuming, for sake of argument, that my ideas are original and have some value (not as much as "River Deep, Mountain High", but some nominal value) can I say I own these words?
If I don't own the words - if the actual words aren't my property, but my particular arrangement of them to express my thoughts can be considered a form of property - can I prevent people from copying them?
What exactly makes any claim of "rights" over intellectual property (e.g., a song, a performance or a blogpost) legal?
Is my claim over "my" words ethical?
I want you to share what I write. But what if I didn't?
Is it right that criminal copyright laws (first crafted during a different time, before Tina Turner and I were born, when people used different technologies and engaged in different cultural practices) still apply?
In this era of abundant and ubiquitous information, is it time to re-evaluate our approach to Intellectual Property?
What is the philosophical foundation for saying someone "owns" a work of expression (like a song, a blogpost, a movie, novel, sculpture, ballet, or poem).
Follow this link to a fascinating article by David Faraci entitled "Do Property Rights Presuppose Scarcity?".
Posted by Randy Finch on Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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