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April 04, 2011, 01:43:28 AM
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This is more or less identical to the argument used by conservative islamists on rape. If a woman puts herself in the public domain (i.e. doesn't wear clothes that hides her body) then she is inviting and legitimizing rape. In fact, this is regularly used as an argument in muslim gang rape cases. They argue that by wearing sexy clothes she is a whore who have already volunteered to sex by putting the image of her body in the public domain.

No it isn't but that statement lets us see into your thought processes which are a little off.

However, using your off base statement, my argument would stand under these conditions from your statement. If a women walks around with no clothes, she puts her figure and measures in the public domain. So when someone copies her tits and ass for a blow up doll, she has no standing to complain.


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April 04, 2011, 01:43:50 AM
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The question we keep getting back to and which I never get an answer to is this: why should ONLY physical things be regarded as property and not patterns? That's a completely arbitrary assertion which no-one is able to answer. There comes a whole host of secondary arguments to support this, but as I have shown all of this require some kind of qualifier, some deeper argument without which the argument fails. The arguments presented don't stand on their own feet.


Example of such a skin deep argument: "IP limits what people can do with their physical property, therefore it is a violation of their rights." To this I can reply "laws against murder limit what people do with their physical property (e.g. their guns), therefore it is a violation of their rights." Then of course comes the qualifier, the hidden underlying argument of physical property rights: "it's ok to limit people's physical property rights because they cannot violate other legitimate rights." In other words, you are not free to do whatever you want with your gun. You are only allowed to use your gun in a PEACEFUL manner. Therefore it is not sufficient to say "IP limits what people can do with their physical property, therefore it is a violation of their rights" because as we have just seen, it is perfectly ok to limit property rights of guns so that you cannot use them to violate other peaceful individuals' rights. So in order to make that argument, another argument is needed, a qualifier. What is it? Why is it ok to limit physical property rights with other physical property rights, but not with IP rights?

This is where this discussion with anti-IP libertarians always stops up, because to this I simply get a tautological answer: "because it violates my physical property rights." But the property rights are what is in question. What the murder example shows is that any right can be limited in any way so long as there is another right of equal importance. So why is it ok to own physical property (and thereby to limit what others can do) but not to own intellectual property? What's the qualifying argument that I am missing?


Some people say it's because information is an infinite resource, but as I showed earlier, so is the life of an immortal being. If such a being existed surely he would still have the right to his own body. The infinite argument is just arbitrary. WHY should the infinite argument carry any weight? And if it does carry any weight, why is it not ok to argue that there are virtually infinitely many atoms in the universe. Therefore there should be no property rights on atoms. If you need one, just go get one. The answer to this is usually "because it required energy and time to pattern the atoms, and your life is finite." That's right, so it's really your WORK that is a finite resource, not the atoms themselves. But that's equally true of information patterning. Even though information is an infinite resource, it is the energy and time of your life that is a finite resource and that which you acquire property rights to.

This is what I started as a reply, and still these arguments stand completely unanswered. We're walking in circles and the anti-IP people always ends up reiterating one of the above arguments tautologically. So again: WHY should atoms (matter stuff) be allowed to become property, but not information (mind stuff). And don't give me the "you own your own information on your own hard disk"-crap, because that is clearly not an information right since it can wholly be reduced to physical property rights. So come on guys: why does matter take precedence over information when it comes to property rights?
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April 04, 2011, 01:48:53 AM
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Some people say it's because information is an infinite resource, but as I showed earlier, so is the life of an immortal being. If such a being existed surely he would still have the right to his own body. The infinite argument is just arbitrary. WHY should the infinite argument carry any weight? And if it does carry any weight, why is it not ok to argue that there are virtually infinitely many atoms in the universe. Therefore there should be no property rights on atoms. If you need one, just go get one. The answer to this is usually "because it required energy and time to pattern the atoms, and your life is finite." That's right, so it's really your WORK that is a finite resource, not the atoms themselves. But that's equally true of information patterning. Even though information is an infinite resource, it is the energy and time of your life that is a finite resource and that which you acquire property rights to.

Because nobody can control the same atoms.

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This is what I started as a reply, and still these arguments stand completely unanswered. We're walking in circles and the anti-IP people always ends up reiterating one of the above arguments tautologically. So again: WHY should atoms (matter stuff) be allowed to become property, but not information (mind stuff). And don't give me the "you own your own information on your own hard disk"-crap, because that is clearly not an information right since it can wholly be reduced to physical property rights. So come on guys: why does matter take precedence over information when it comes to property rights?

Because copying information doesn't deprive people of information.

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April 04, 2011, 01:50:03 AM
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The question we keep getting back to and which I never get an answer to is this: why should ONLY physical things be regarded as property and not patterns?

No, the question is, why should patterns by regarded as property? The burden of proof is on you as well. You can't keep demanding that we prove you wrong while refusing to prove yourself right.

I did also answer your question here: http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5256.msg78334#msg78334 but you failed to respond.

Some people say it's because information is an infinite resource, but as I showed earlier, so is the life of an immortal being. If such a being existed surely he would still have the right to his own body.

You're conflating the life of a person with their body. Even if I live forever I still only have one body so it's a scarce resource. Therefore, your argument fails.
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April 04, 2011, 01:56:21 AM
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Because nobody can control the same atoms.

So what? Get another one. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe to choose from.

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Because copying information doesn't deprive people of information.

a) that's just another way of restating the infinite argument. If I enslave an immortal being for 70 years I am not depriving him of his life since he lives forever. So slavery of immortal beings is ok then, had they existed? Also taking an atom from you does not deprive you of atoms. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe. If you need another atom, go get one. There is an abundance of atoms out there waiting for you to collect them.
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April 04, 2011, 01:57:46 AM
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Unless of course you count all the money they DON'T make when people pirate their books and works. But in any case, why should it matter that they don't come to PHYSICAL harm? Why is it that only atoms matter to human existence, and hence only atoms that gives rise to property rights?

Yea, I heard about the group that claimed a loss of 76 Trillion dollars in Australia. More than the Earth's GDP.

But what if it can be shown that more money is made by the piracy rather than less. I can show cases of when piracy increased sales. Should they get to also sue for the loss when they made a greater profit.

It is proving a negative. And courts seem to go along with it for lack of math skills. Sort of like "Jobs Saved".

I really think it won't be long before they realize that it is not the content but the servicing of the content. Kind of like NetFlix, and why they are starting to fight NetFlix, they are scared of losing the control instead of braving the new ground.

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April 04, 2011, 02:00:21 AM
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a) that's just another way of restating the infinite argument. If I enslave an immortal being for 70 years I am not depriving him of his life since he lives forever. So slavery of immortal beings is ok then, had they existed? Also taking an atom from you does not deprive you of atoms. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe. If you need another atom, go get one. There is an abundance of atoms out there waiting for you to collect them.

Dude, they are just copying information. If somebody copy the configuration of atoms, I don't care.

You know what? I don't give a damn. You will die in the marketplace anyway.

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April 04, 2011, 02:02:45 AM
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So what? Get another one. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe to choose from.

That's probably not true but even if there were an infinite number of atoms in the universe, an atom of gold on Earth is worth more than two atoms of gold in another galaxy. Practical availability is key. Plus there's the whole problem with needing these atoms to be in a certain configuration, namely a hand, arm or whatever to replace my body, rather than just a lump of matter on a table. If you chop my arm off and give me the equivalent amount of atoms by mass, I'm afraid that's not good enough.
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April 04, 2011, 02:05:28 AM
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So what? Get another one. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe to choose from.

I like the Philosophical premise. In order for your statement to be true, you must prove matter is infinite in the universe. Empirical evidence does not support this. While infinity can be surmised, an infinite amount of atoms can not be.

Just saying....


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April 04, 2011, 02:06:51 AM
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I don't think IP laws are economically viable and thus they wouldn't exist if the law was formed in a free market process.

Laws are not formed in a free market process. E.g. laws against murder don't arise in a free market, a free market ASSUMES laws against murder. If you mean that laws are just like any other commodity then I am sure that you will be able to find societies where it is "economically viable" to enslave, say, 10% of the population and to murder another 10% who are not fit to contribute to society. 80% say so. That does however not make it right.

I'm not talking about the current system of centrally planned law, but polycentric free market law. Nobody would provide you an insurance that shields you from prosecution when you murdered somebody. That's just unsustainably expensive, like selling insurances that pay you for intentionally burning down your own house.

As you pointed out, making a law means to point guns at people. In a free market, laws would be rules that people are generally ready to enforce by pointing guns at others. I highly doubt that downloading a song from the internet would count. In a statist law monopoly people don't have to personally pay the costs of the laws they support and that's why we have stupid and invasive laws. I find the deduction of "rights" by complex philosophical argumentation quite uninteresting and useless.

Medieval Iceland, American settler communities and Somalia's Xeer are historical examples of polycentric common law, and they weren't violent dystopies but really efficient and peaceful systems compared to what we have now.

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April 04, 2011, 02:07:00 AM
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The question we keep getting back to and which I never get an answer to is this: why should ONLY physical things be regarded as property and not patterns?

No, the question is, why should patterns by regarded as property? The burden of proof is on you as well. You can't keep demanding that we prove you wrong while refusing to prove yourself right.

I don't accept that. Why not the other way around? Why doesn't physical property rights have the burden of proof?


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I did also answer your question here: http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5256.msg78334#msg78334 but you failed to respond.

Your answer was that atoms are scarce, information is not. That's just the infinite argument, which I have presented an answer to. You just ignored that and went back to stating that atoms are scarce. To reiterate: a) the life of an immortal being is not scarce, and by your logic it's ok to enslave him for a finite amount of time. Do you concur? Is slavery of immortal beings ok? b) even if we accept your scarce-argument, atoms are not scarce. There are infinitely many atoms in the world. If I take your car, there is nothing stopping you from going out in the universe to collect new atoms to create a new car. Of course, it requires TIME and ENERGY and WORK, all of which ARE limited resources. So it's not really your atoms you own but the time and energy and work required to pattern them. So why does this same argument not apply to unique information patterns such as a novel?

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You're conflating the life of a person with their body. Even if I live forever I still only have one body so it's a scarce resource. Therefore, your argument fails.

Why is that relevant? Also you did not answer the second part of my argument (there are infinitely many atoms. Go out and get some if you need them.)
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April 04, 2011, 02:10:38 AM
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Yea, I heard about the group that claimed a loss of 76 Trillion dollars in Australia. More than the Earth's GDP.

This of course is a bogus claim, but it is irrelevant to a principled discussion on IP.

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But what if it can be shown that more money is made by the piracy rather than less.

What if I can show that you have a better and more secure life if I impose a welfare state on you? Does that make it ok?


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April 04, 2011, 02:12:42 AM
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So what? Get another one. There are infinitely many atoms in the universe to choose from.

I like the Philosophical premise. In order for your statement to be true, you must prove matter is infinite in the universe. Empirical evidence does not support this. While infinity can be surmised, an infinite amount of atoms can not be.

Just saying....



Well, by the same token information IS a scarce resource because it takes a tiny amount of energy and time on your computer to copy it.
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April 04, 2011, 02:15:17 AM
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I don't accept that. Why not the other way around? Why doesn't physical property rights have the burden of proof?

Whoever makes a claim has the burden of proof. You're claiming that intellectual property should be considered as legitimate property. Are you not? If so, where's your argument for that? All I see you doing is loudly declaring that you should be able to make money by owning information. Why?

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You're conflating the life of a person with their body. Even if I live forever I still only have one body so it's a scarce resource. Therefore, your argument fails.

Why is that relevant?

Why is it relevant that you are conflating two things? Because it's fallacious reasoning, that's why. What about that is confusing to you?

Also, you keep skipping over my previous posts and claiming I haven't answered you. Please make sure you read everything before making such claims. The forum software notifies you if new replies have been posted while you were typing so you really have no excuse.
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April 04, 2011, 02:17:54 AM
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Well, by the same token information IS a scarce resource because it takes a tiny amount of energy and time on your computer to copy it.

No, that just means that energy and time are scarce. If energy and time weren't scarce we could copy the same information infinitely.
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April 04, 2011, 02:19:08 AM
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Here's my evidence for physical property: our own bodies and the ability to sustain them. Man must own himself and property in order to sustain. The intangible is a different story. Patterns don't feed people or sustainably create wealth.
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April 04, 2011, 02:23:45 AM
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Let me ask this, if I hire an "Artist" for a job (work for hire), I own the work product. Correct?

If correct, if public money is given to an "Artist", the public should own the work product. Correct?

So this will take care of anyone that received taxpayer dollars for support of their work.

Now, lets go private. If I invest in the work of an "Artist", I am doing so with the expectation of a return on my investment with no guarantee that I will get a return. Correct?

I fund a movie, release it, get returns, but it is then pirated. How can I calculate what I would have made if not pirated? Do I assume everyone on Earth would have watched it?

But more to the point, can you point me out a major release movie that was pirated, and didn't make more than what it cost to produce it. So basically the investors got their money back, plus more, but they are greedy and want it all.

X-Men was a 0 day release, and made money. Hurt Locker made tons of money 2.5 Billion in ticket sales world wide, $32,492,653 for dvd, but investors want more. How much did it cost to make? 15 Million.  

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April 04, 2011, 02:26:00 AM
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Here's my evidence for physical property: our own bodies and the ability to sustain them. Man must own himself and property in order to sustain. The intangible is a different story. Patterns don't feed people or sustainably create wealth.

My evidence for why we don't need intellectual property:

I make money from my work. The end.

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April 04, 2011, 02:26:48 AM
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Also, another question is if IP can be reasonably forced. The truth is it can't. It's hard to see when it's stolen because just a simple glance can almost guarantee "theft", as with the physical, it's pretty stable in form and theft can be easily detected.

This pretty much guarantees IP as bunk without an overlord government peaking into our lives to enforce it.

IP is bunk and in the end IP holders are the parasites!
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April 04, 2011, 02:31:42 AM
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How about a thought experiment.

Assume we now have telepathic abilities. I go and watch a movie but with my photographic memory and telepathy, I go to a coffee shop and share the movie with others. Am I wrong. Or is the argument that as long as we can prevent it we will, but once we can't well all will have to change.

Well, All will have to change.  I just wish they would hurry up and get there.

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