09 01 12 - 19:13
Is a TV set or Microwave oven that much different than a song or a book?
The basic premise that a work in digital form can be replicated without depleting the inventory of the author is simply mistaking the the form for the function. The form may be bits and bytes. The function is someone's work product. Unless he proposes putting all authors and on the public teat, I am at a loss to see how anyone can keep writing books any more than I can see why anyone would stock more microwave's in a store from which anyone take anything they wanted. - Slashdot
The great liberal herd wants to believe that copyright laws are bad and we should be able to copy whatever we want. Then comes the problem: how do we fund the production of software, music, movies, etc. if they are given away freely?
Try making a clone of someone else's microwave design. You'll get sued, because that other person's time, money, energy and emotional investment went into that product design and the research and testing behind it.
I will submit there is an exception for "tape trading" style copying of musical works, and for the replication of rare books, movies, music and software so that it does not become inaccessible when it is no longer sold.