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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I had a little discussion about intelectual property today after class with my favorite professor after he was talking about the business ethics of stealing information and then pyrating software. We talked of cultural influences, mostly the Chinese, and I mentioned Adam's theory of why there should be no intelectual property (We are all made in G-d's own image, so any thought we have should belong to him; to claim ownership of any of these would be tantamount to theft/plaigerism/sin). I asked him if that argument would hold up in court at which he simply laughed and said he wasn't entirely sure. What do you think of the argument in general and of its possible legal implications? What do you think of the subject in a society where we are utterly dependant on it?

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