Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
The remaining large chunk of my telephone bill goes not to Verizon, but to AT&T, because we call less than 15 miles away in the next county — outside the regional calling area. Each call is assessed at 10¢ per minute. It's cheaper to call Virginia, or California.
I just switched to Verizon. They're cheaper.
After David Weinberger oddly echoed my comment on Sifry's post about what length would be appropriate, Dave Winer revealed that he's coming at this topic from a completely different philosophical perspective.
For crying out loud David, it's super simple. If I build a house I can live in it as long as I want. If I want to rent out rooms I can do that too, as long as I want.
The argument is about copyright on the surface, but underneath it's about property. Specifically, are thought and it's expressions property?
patents and copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man's right to the product of his mind.
With that, I think, given his analogy above, Dave will concur.
However, Rand further states
If [intellectual property] were held in perpetuity, it would lead to the opposite of the very principle on which it is based: it would lead, not to the earned reward of achievement, but to the unearned support of parasitism. It would become a cumulative lien on the production of unborn generations, which would immediately paralyze them.
Is the house that Dave built real property, or the expression of his creative mind? Or, both?