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Re: [Rival] Ballmer Again Embarrasses Microsoft in Public

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____/ Homer on Saturday 06 Feb 2010 03:26 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> Copyright is often utilised as a system of censorship, a friend from
>> China tells me.
> One needn't look as far as China to find the most archetypal example of
> this. Just look at Scientology for the most palpable abuse of copyright
> as a mechanism for censorship.
>> Copyright is about control, without which the way society operates is
>> just radically different.
> Yes, the difference is Intellectual Totalitarianism vs Free Thought.
>> But it's not copyright that's most controversial when pushed to the
>> extreme; it's patents, thoughts!
> All "IP" poses an equal threat, since ultimately any of these ostensibly
> different paradigms can be abused to twist freedom into slavery. Look at
> the way Mozilla's trademarks inhibit use of the supposed "Free" software
> they represent, for example.
> I know Stallman dislikes the term "Intellectual Property", because it is
> an obfuscation that seeks to indoctrinate people into believing that the
> terms of each also apply to the other, thus helping the monopolists take
> away even more of our liberties with ever-more Draconian laws (e.g. DMCA
> and ACTA). But I have an antithetical reason for using the term, to show
> that the effect of one usually impacts the other, and thus all pose just
> as much of a threat.

In a conversation I had with people from China it emerged that they perceive
copyright as a tool of censorship from "Western" nations (those that exploit China
for labour and loans).

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