If that's trueJune 20 2012 at 4:03 AM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to The Quantum Brain, Spirituality, And The Mind Of God
... and I think it probably is ...
It puts a different spin on "intellectual rights" to ideas, inventions and media production, doesn't it? If a person simply "hears" music in his head and then reproduces it ... the right to that music doesn't truly belong to HIM; it should belong to the entire "community" that the guy belongs to.
I think about easily-reproduced digital media as falling into the same category. Why should a very small group make a huge amount of money from something that really costs them very little by comparison? If someone copies and uses a CD/DVD or downloads something and manages to make a copy of it ... who knows or "loses" anything? Is that really theft in a traditional understanding of theft?
I mean, if someone steals some possession of mine ... I LOSE that item and suffer my loss and inconvenience for quite a long time and with quite a bit of emotional hurt as well. On the other hand, if someone takes some "thing" of mine and I never miss it or even KNOW that it's gone ... how am I harmed by that? Have I even been robbed of anything?
Now I know the counter-argument ... that if some piece of media isn't somehow protected, then EVERYONE will simply copy and use it for free. The vendor will then "LOSE sales." I'd like to see some hard evidence for the validity of that claim though. There are a LOT of people who never feel "right" unless they can purchase something and then OWN it outright. Those who like to "borrow" things instead of buying and owning ... are STILL going to avoid buying something simply because law forbids them from borrowing without consent.
If a plumber comes to your house and cleans your drains and you don't pay him ... he has actually lost his time and material and you've stolen from him but ... if someone has performed a concert and the concert was recorded and duplicated and then others listen to the recordings for free later ...
The artist hasn't lost anything at all ... has he? The plumber would probably be highly flattered if you video-recorded him at his work and then watched it later for your personal enjoyment/entertainment. He wouldn't sour-puss confuse you of "stealing" his work.
There are a number of things that fall into the same kind of category ...
For example, the management of a company is generally paid a disproportionate amount of money for their "labor" as compared to the labor provided by the actual production workers. They believe that a higher wage for them is justified by the fact that they're so much more valuable in procuring sales or contracts.
Are they REALLY more valuable? Is their special talent of being able to deal with sales/management, the result of their own hard work ... or is it more of a "gift" they got from "somewhere" else? They seem to think that their companies couldn't do anything without them but ... the same thing is true of a company trying to succeed without any production workers!~
We all seem to have our own special talents to bring to the table -some more than others. We are all DIFFERENT as well! If we were to view diversity as a true asset instead of getting mad about people who don't understand, see and/or believe as we do -and then harness those different "talents"- we'd have a much more relaxed and happy society.