Originally Posted by Malcolm
Digital information is post-scarcity. It's nothing but a string of 1s and 0s, and can be cloned indefinitely for essentially nothing. Physical property exists in finite quantities and is therefore "scarce", intellectual property and digital information is not. It's kept artificially scarce to maximize profit, nothing more. Do you think the federal government's first and foremost concern should be about protecting the profits of corporations and businesses, especially in this day and age and with all else that's happening right now? Might just be me, but I for one think that thousands of Americans dying per year because they can't access healthcare seems like it should be a bigger concern than Hollywood whining about supposedly losing money to piracy all while posting record profits.
Of course they keep it scarce to maximize profits. That's the point, and the reason why these people are able to create this stuff to begin with. It's their job. Once it's created, they could make enough copies to give it to everyone on Earth for free if they wanted to, but then suddenly all the money that went into the project becomes worthless and the company would no longer bother making future projects. Also, I'm no just saying this because of big corporations. This goes from the big corporations down to the indie devs down to the guy programming his own content in his basement. It's their work, they deserve ownership. If you think intellectual property is a complete farce, let the world give away/sell copied content legally in both stores and online, since it's infinite and holds no true worth, and watch what happens to the digital media market.
Also, whether I think piracy is the most urgent issue in the world today (I don't) has nothing to do with whether I think a creator deserves rights to their creation (I do).
A video about lengthening the amount of time a product is copyrighted. So that proves that intellectual property is wrong? What?