[d@DCC] Need feedback on idea: If copyright infringement is
"theft",then what is adoption?
seth.johnson at realmeasures.dyndns.org
Wed Aug 24 14:21:13 EDT 2005
Because it's an analogy that requires thought, it's more useful
as an occasionally presented witticism, rephrased:
Saying that copying without paying is theft is like saying
adopting when you can have children is murder.
It's not a lead line or a pithy slogan.
Russell McOrmond wrote:
> In a conversation with someone while I was in Winnipeg I blurted out an
> emotional response to the "theft is theft" argument.
> It went something like this: Suggesting that copying something without
> paying for it is "theft" is like suggesting that a couple capable of
> having children deciding to adopt instead is "murder". We need to get
> past these harmful over-simplifications to understand and protect all
> options available to creators and parents, and to not suggest that any
> alternative to the most popular option is somehow harmful.
> While I still believe in hindsight that my analogy is appropriate, I
> have the sense that some would think it is over-the-top. It was in the
> context of a conversation with someone that had already expressed their
> "pro choice" views where it comes to the "abortion" / "family planning"
> What do other people feel?
> I was about to add this exchange to my post-event summary, and then
> wondered if this was a good idea. http://www.flora.ca/oc2005/
> Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
> 2111+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
> Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change...
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