[oclug] Case Closed
Francis J. A. Pinteric
linuxdoctor at linux.ca
Thu Jul 31 18:03:15 EDT 2003
On Wed, 30 Jul 2003 12:15:57 -0400 (EDT)
"Rod Giffin" <rod at giffinscientific.com> wrote:
> I'm not saying they're unfriendly towards Linux. I'm not even saying
> we should take up SCO's banner. I'm just saying that this issue
> should have been left as a simple contract dispute between SCO and
> IBM. SCO and IBM are the experts in their respective IP holdings, not
Intellectual property, intellectual property, I'm sick to death of
hearing about intellectual property! There is NO SUCH THING AS
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. As far as I am aware, and not being a lawyer I
may be in error on the facts here, there is no law or statute anywhere
in Canada defining what Intellectual Property is, and therefore, there
can be no rights to things that do not exist. It appears that the same
situation exists in the US.
However, by engaging in discussions concerning such non-existent
entities, you only give credence to those who advocate that there should
be such a thing. Whenever anybody mentions the words Intellectual
Property, the only moral response to it is to say with as much force as
possible that THERE IS NO SUCH THING! The same goes for little green
spacemen, or the grey ones either!
Now, if there has been law in the area that has recently been passed,
I'd like to know about it. In the meantime, the notion should be fought
and words irradicated from the language. Someone once said, "if
you tell a big enough lie often enough, soon people will begin to
believe it." You people sound as if you believe lie. I don't. There is
copyright, there are contracts and there are patents. Some would say
that makes Intellectual Property. Others would say that it is much more.
It is the more that we need to worry about.
Intellectual property is intellectual slavery. Free the slaves!
Not all extremists are right,
but all who are right are extremists.
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