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Copyright is Theft

I have already shown that copyright is not morally justified. I have also shown that copyright is not in the common good. Earlier I showed that it was only permissible for the government to take from individuals or organizations if something were in the common good. Since copyright is an instance of taking that is not in the common good, copyright is theft. When you buy something such as a CD from...

Creator’s Rights

So far, I have discussed three objections to the first argument for copyright. I think that it should be quite clear that the argument is a failure. However, the second argument is much stronger and more frequently used. The second argument claims that ” creators” have a right to what they create. The so-called right of creators to what they create does not exist as such. When someone ...

When Taking is Not Stealing

So far, I have discussed the nature of ownership and the justifications for ownership. I had mentioned before that understanding these objections would enable one to understand exactly when taking is permissible. Taking is permissible under two general circumstances. All of these circumstances are ones in which that is the only way to preserve the same things that justify ownership. The two genera...