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  •  Intellectual property= the new Slavery. (6+ / 0-)
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    •  Agreed (6+ / 0-)

        Just look at the lawsuits brought by Monsanto against family farmers who want to plant their own seed.  

          Another example, I went to school to study Occupational Therapy.  I was granted a lifetime right to use the term "registered occupational therapist," when I passed my exam and paid the fee for that certification.  Twenty years later, a private board decided they were going to do the testing to "register" occupational therapists and there was no grandfathering for the term.  They'd "copyrighted the professional designation.  I'm retired from the field and although I have a degree in Occupational Therapy, (there was a lawsuit brought about this) I can't call myself an Occupational Therapist, because I never took their test and haven't paid that private board a dime.  I refer to myself as a retired and any reference to Occupational Therapy I make in past tense.  I sometimes say I'm a retired educator, which I am. I still have nightmares about arguments with people telling me I can't use the designation conferred on me by my state university (professions are regulated by the state) when I got my degree.  

      Shine like the humblest star.

      by ljm on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:07:38 PM PST

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    •  How so? (0+ / 0-)

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 05:52:41 PM PST

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      •  ?? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't understand your question.

        Shine like the humblest star.

        by ljm on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:51:42 PM PST

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        •  How does "Intellectual property= the new Slavery"? (0+ / 0-)

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:35:18 AM PST

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          •  Easy- corporations are being allowed by IP law (1+ / 0-)
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            to make us pay money for "intellectual property" that they do not have a moral right to, such as the taxpayer-funded research that they co-opt with pay-to-view access such as Aaron Swartz "violated". Yes, the law allows corporations to do this, but that is the problem, it is not a good reason to allow it to continue.

            This is not a matter of compensating the creative for the work they have done; this is rent-seeking by companies which amass "rights" to use or access of various IP that they did not create. There are plenty of ways to ensure the compensation of those who create intellectual property, which do not involve threatened or actual multimillion dollar fines or multiyear prison sentences.

            Calling it "slavery" may seem overblown to you but it has become a diseased outgrowth of Wage Slavery, in which we are forced to work in order to compensate others at obscene rates for IP which they have almost always bought at discount prices.

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