On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 08:13:18 -0700, shevek4 wrote:
> John Fields wrote:
>> On 26 Apr 2006 07:01:24 -0700, shevek4@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> >For one, it's a piss-poor business plan. Everyone can copy it if it's
>> >good it will be around the world in a heartbeat.
>> I wasn't talking about business, I was talking about morality. Your
>> position seems to be that you condone the theft of intellectual
>> property, so I assume you think having my work stolen is OK. _Is_
>> that your position?
> I think we have some disagreement on the topic of what is theft. We
> both agree that if I break into your house and steal your notebook, I
> have commited theft - of valuable property - the information in it may
> be of great worth.
> Where we disagree is that you feel you can put your information on a
> giant sign facing the highway and then still claim to have exclusive
> ownership of that information. I feel that a passing literate motorist
> is not a thief.
> If for some reason you don't want people to know some information, and
> to take full advantage of it for their own purposes, then you'd best
> keep it to yourself.
So, you're claiming you have a "right" to go to the public library, copy
a book, and sell the copies for profit, depriving the author of his
That's theft. You're nothing but a common thief.