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8135Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Copyleft and Fukuoka's books

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  • Dieter Brand
    Nov 10, 2008

      Thanks for your support.

      Regarding the article you mentioned, I didn't read it at all, I only replied to Vincente's post.� I live in a remote region with much nature but without infrastructure and a very bad Internet connection, which doesn't allow me to follow-up most Internet links.� Also, with advancing age, eyesight and time become less, which makes us concentrate on what is important in life.

      Regarding intellectual property rights, many people seem to be under the mistaken impression that it is to restrict information; in fact, the opposite is the case.� Put in a nutshell, a patent, for example, is a contract between an inventor and society, which guaranties the inventor the right to commercially use his invention for 20 years.� In exchange, the inventor has to make public his invention so that others can use it, not commercially, but to improve on the invention, for example.� Without such a contract, the inventor would be forced to hide the invention as long as possible to prevent the fruit of his labor being stolen by others.� In most countries, an invention is made public�18 months after the patent application and usually long before a patent is even granted.� Copyright works a little different, but the purpose is the same.

      That, of course, doesn�t mean that there isn�t any abuse of the system, but abuse would be still worse without any rules.

      Dieter Brand

      --- On Sun, 11/9/08, laurie (Mother Mastiff) <mother@...> wrote:

      From: laurie (Mother Mastiff) <mother@...>
      Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Copyleft and Fukuoka's books
      To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008, 3:35 PM


      What an eloquent post! My hat is off to you. You put the issue in a
      greater framework. I hope everyone got as much out of it as I did!
      Thank you so much.

      P.S., To the person who cited them as heroes of free intellectual
      material, did you not read the entire article?

      The Radiohead album was only "choose your price" for two months, then
      it was marketed as a higher-than- average priced luxury set, and now at
      a year old, it appears to be offered as an ordinary CD at the same
      pricing as any other CD.

      So the give-away was very short-lived and didn't preclude a hefty
      profit for the group. Their give-away was more a clever marketing
      gimmick than a true freebie.

      If it were a true freebie, the album would ALWAYS be available at any
      price the buyer wanted.

      laurie (Mother Mastiff)
      Southeastern USA (NC and FL)

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