Most people would consider capital to be the basic scarce resource and it's a lot more capital intense to create a movie ($10-100 million in material/labour) than a house (100,000-500,000 in material/labour costs).
I hope you are content with our society's current library of intellectual content, because not much is going to be created for the remainder of your life if creators can't expect to recoup costs (let alone profit) from their capital investment.
I had hoped for a large debate between EE and SilverHandOrder. Oh how disappointed I became after viewing a few pages.
No the final good is not a scarce good. It can be multiplied to infinity without taking it away from anyone.
It's not, but then again laws aren't perfect and they're made to serve the rich and can't prevent corruption.
So they should first fix the laws that will eliminate corruption and put politicians and rich people to jail and then worry about the random minimum wage citizen that downloads a movie he can't afford anyway.
And i'll be damned if the common workers share the huge profits, they all go to fatass shareholders and executive bonuses that already have more money than they can spend in a lifetime.
It's injustice that makes me overlook piracy, not that i don't think it's bad.
So smart guy, how do you propose to fund new intellectual property creation if you remove market/consumer mechanisms where projected purchases return investment and add profit incentive to creators?
The intellectual property sectors are estimated to be around 33% of the US GDP. But hey, let's smash the existing market foundation of that for extremely dubious & radical ethical philosphies. What happens after? LOL WHO CARES AMIRITE???
EE is spot on.
just gonna throw this out there..
but not everybody lives to acquire personal wealth...
some live solely to contribute, and humanity/nature has a way of taking care of those that truly do.
Originally Posted by AacevedoOriginally Posted by rockyraccoon
Antibiotics can be copied without breaking patent laws. It has nothing to do with them not respecting laws, though I suppose it's just another attempt to slur foreigners.
You can't just copy such a thing anyway. The foreign med companies need to start from scratch when making a copy product. They don't have the recipe and methods.
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