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Re: [dvd-discuss] Sklyarov denied Visa to return to US for trial.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2002 at 07:00:27PM -0400, noah silva wrote:
> > On a more serious note: Doing away with the idiotic concept of
> > "intellectual property" is almost certainly more important. Terrorism
> > kills a few thousand people in a good year, the patents on HIV drugs
> > alone kill several times that.
> > 
> Sorry, but not treating someone is not the same as killing someone. 
> Just as me keeping a secret from you is not the same as lying to you.  I
> don't think the concept of intellectual property is "idiotic", just the
> current laws in place that deal with it.

Actually, letting someone die when it would have been possible and
acceptable (as in: not putting you in danger) to save him or her is
prosecuted as a killing crime in many jurisdictions. Not exactly
murder, maybe manslaughter or whatever. You _can_ go to jail for it.

And I _do_ believe that "intellectual property" is a no-such-thing
affair. Completely made up bullshit. How can you own words? Well, I
guess that's what you get when you forget that capitalism is an
economic system, not a culture.

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