EvertVd - 3:25 pm on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
Lets look at another example: tv-series. For example Startrek TNG, it is often posted on youtube and often removed because of copyright infringement. Why? All the actors were paid their salaries, all the costs were covered and all in all I bet everybody made some money from it or even a profit. So why are there still copyright/IP restrictions? Any money made of it now is pure theft/piracy in my opinion since there is no actual work/material in exchange for it any more. The whole series has been produced, manufactured and paid for.
The series is no longer mass produced (virtual copies made by connections on the internet is not mass production afaic) yet it is still illegal to watch it without paying for it.
Recently 3d printers have hit the market. somewhere in the future I don't think it impossible you can just point a device towards an object and make a copy of it just like you can make digital copies of music, movies, documents and software today. The only way you can "police" that while maintaining the current laws is by restricting our freedom and putting heavy checks on everything we do. As I see it, life (and social governments) should evolve to a point where we need less interference and control and the only way this can be achieved is by changing the whole concept of economics and finances. The base "law" we should aspire is that nobody has the right to interfere in the life of anybody else. And anything that requires extra policing or control or checking or etc. is counter productive in that area.