I've written about copyright quite a bit here at the Chariot. Perhaps someone has been reading?
Intellectual property is NOT a natural right granted by God, nor does it exist in a 'state of Nature'. It is a purely contractual privileges, granted by a legislature in the hope of promoting some common good. The Constitution in fact authorizes the issuance of its instruments---copyrights and patents---for precisely this reason. Note the difference in the way this is worded versus, say, almost everything in the bill of rights. Pretty much all the rights alleged to exist in the Bill of Rights are not granted by that document, but simply recognized and theoretically protected from infringement (how'd that work out?).
It frankly disgusts me to see propaganda attempting to smuggle copyright infringement under the moral aegis of theft. It's not, it's more like violating a regulation granting a monopoly to a favored crony. Perhaps the Republicans are starting to realize this as well.
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