Well, on a rotten foundation, a rotten house. I guess it makes sense.. The "founding fathers" came from a lineage of lazy opportunists, greedy little bastards. Oppressed by the man in the Old World, they come here, kill the locals, and set up the same system of oppression, only more efficient. The bumbling idiot Jefferson, making ideas into property. As if someone could -own- an idea. Fuck, let go of the ego already... if you "have" an idea, it doesn't mean you actually posess it.. Did you hear that Leibniz and Newton came up with calculus at roughly the same time, without contact with each other? Different and separate cultures developed monotheistic religions, which all boil down to the same set of principles. Doesn't that strike you as a bit odd? No matter how hard one greedy monkey is gonna sit on his idea, if it's a ripe idea, some other monkey is gonna think of it, independently.
When Thomas Jefferson put the idea of intellectual property into the Constitution of the United States, he did so because he realized that information leaks; once people learn something, they can reuse that knowledge. If there was no protection to intellectual property, people would not be encouraged to share knowledge with others. Writers would not write, inventors would not invent, artists would not <insert artful verb here>.
Now this is a prime example of backward thinking.. what makes you think writers would not write, inventors would not invent, etc? ... Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Dante, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Goethe, Van Gogh, Chaucer, Homer, Aesop, Tolstoy, Balzac, Shakespeare, Conrad, Cicero, Milton, Mickiewicz, Darwin, Einstein, Dickens, Dumas, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Chaikovsky, Poe, Lao-Tzu, Locke, Rheinhardt, Sierpinsky, Copernicus, Hendel, Bartok, Dostoyevsky, Moliere, Cayley, Leibniz, Newton, Gauss, Esher, DaVinci, Fibonacci, Euler, Lagrange, Velasquez, Pythagoras, Descartes, Archimedes, Pascal, Kepler, Riemann, Fermat, Kepler, Dali, Cezanne, Goya, Matisse, Gaguin, Renoir, Epicurus, Bacon, Spinoza, Locke, Voltaire, Hume, Kant, Schoppenhauer, Emerson, Nietzche, Diogenes, Heraclitus, Kierkegaard, Machiavelli, Parmenides, Thales, Whitehead, Ockham... do you need more names, coz I'm getting tired of listing them? The fruits of their work, none protected by some silly laws, all lasted thru the ages, widely recognized and respected in their respective fields. With no marketing.
All these creative people succeeded in leaving a permanent mark in the history of mankind, but why? I suspect it has something to do with the uncompromised quality of their work, their life-long devotion to doing the thing they loved and knew how to do best. And the reasons why they did it - not for profit, not for fame, but for the sake of doing something that rang true in their hearts and souls. The moment an artist starts doing something for profit, he becomes a whore. Abandoning his muse, he no longer makes art, but product; he ceases to be an artist. And as always, where there's a whore, there's going to be a pimp.. With the music industry, we have the RIAA (and a bunch of other institutions hiding behind acronyms.) They themselves contribute nothing of quality, their main goal being maintaining their choke-hold on artists and audiences. But talking about these people is just a waste of time.
Maybe this will strike closer to home, fellow computer programmers.. How many of you started out as kiddie hackers, playing around on computers, just tooling with them for the fun of it? That was great, wasn't it? Rolling thru highschool and college, maximum geekout, loving the stuff, just being in it so deeply that the rest of the word disappeared. Creative passion, all that stuff. Tick tick, click click, you got your programming job. Now you've got to write code for demand, to someone else's specs, pushing deadlines. Somehow love doesn't seem to fit in there with the marketing manager.. sheesh, you may even end up feeling resentful after a while. Soon enough you start feeling about work the same way a hooker feels about sex. You no longer make top quality, you settle for less - if you didn't, you'd burn out too quickly. Even now, only saving grace seem to be these power-vacations, and new gadgets. Satisfaction is gone, the muse went to hang out with someone more idealistic.. yeah, welcome home, bitter capitalist.
It's funny how the GPL got created in order to copyleft things.. just so that they couldn't be copyrighted. That's a hack of hacks.. Well, if we abolish copyrights altogether, maybe that will set things on the right course. It will certainly put the talentless wannabees out of the picture, it will force the lame artists to get real jobs, and it will truly make ideas free. Why not go back to the model where the state sponsored the artists? Right now it seems to be wasting all its money on the army anyway.. Just think of all the half-brained ideas that are marketed and copyrighted.. they would disappear, leaving a beautiful void of silence. Suddenly there would be more room for true creativity, for true expression. God forbid, maybe the next thing in line would be free higher education..
Ok, rant ends here.. feel free to spill your hate.