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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...

Tokens, Types and Ownership

In a previous post, I explained why being the creator of something does not lead to ownership over it. But suppose that a writer did own a book. Does that help copyright or not? It does not help because the writer only owns a token of the book rather than a type. Since ownership never applies to types, ownership of information is impossible. A token is always a particular thing. A type is a kind o...