Comment 33428

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 13, 2009 at 22:40:33

The good of the many outweighs the needs of the few.

Intellectual property laws ensure that the few benefit at the cost of the many by using state force (law) to stifle any competing producers or distrobution systems. It's at the point now where in many cases, what's patented was not developed by the people who patented it, nor on the same continent, nor in the same millenia (quinoa an ancient Andean grain, for instance).

I'm tired of hearing about how much filesharing is hurting "music" or "movies". I know a lot of musicians (bands, DJs, opera singers etc), and none of them, save a few buskers, make any real money at it. Copyright laws simply help extend corporate control and market centralization to the point where nobody else can enter the market. Then, free of competition, costs fly through the roof - observe the cost of producing the average blockbuster these days, keeping in mind that 30 years ago, Star Wars came out for $11 million.

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