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Intellectual property rights infringement is a serious economic problem and it is easy to resort to harsh legislation in the belief that rigid control and punishment will resolve a Human behavior deficiency.
Rigid control merely unleashes the dark side of Human Nature where Thinking has not advanced past the Dark Ages, and is no better than the barren Thought process of transgressors, who instigate the activity Law-makers Legislation seeks to curb.
We know prohibition doesn't work. It has never worked. And it never will work, no matter what the context it is employed. Higher Plane Thinking Humans seek dignified guidance that elicits calm respect, and decency. Ideally, all legislation should incorporate a mind expanding self education component.
Big boss type draconian Law Making and enforcement is not the answer to our economic and social woes. This is the path to totalitarianism.
Ultimately, doing the Right Thing on an individual basis, retains this solution. Highlighting the role Personal Responsibility plays in achieving and maintaining Freedom. Albeit herein resides our greatest challenge.
The incidents of intentional intellectual property rights infringement of a creative product, for personal gain, will be reduced in proportion to the decreased demand induced by the genuine comprehension of right and wrong, by both provider and consumer.
Recognition of Right and Wrong decreases the market for the organized criminal, such as the content pirate. Nullifying the misguided justification of, and for, draconian law.
Humanity wide we have made substantial enlightened progress, since those deplorable Dark Ages epochs in our inconsistent behavioral History. And today, we have, with the advent of the World Wide Web, an agency with which to elicit not only the hope, but the attainment, of peace, freedom, and prosperity. Where everyone with something to offer can present their wares with impunity and make a buck. Without cheating.
Human enacted law can go the extra mile and underpin the educational progress required to achieve and maintain this possibility. Combined, education and our willing cooperation, is the nexus.
let's not blow it.
Our Legal Systems should be structured, taught, and perceived, as supports and guides to attain harmony in our societies wherever on the planet any society exists.
This desirable State Of Affairs requires, as previously noted, individual education.
The answer to civilized Human behavior does not lay in Punishment. The most cursory glance at History confirms this fact.
Or, as we can see hovering on the horizon, remotely controlled computer platforms that obviate or deny choice.
Good Laws guide and encourage Humans to act in an honorable manner the moment these Good Laws are comprehended.
When a Law is just, it tends to create peer pressure that facilitates a change of Thinking, for the better, on individuals who don't yet get it.
This places the responsibility of doing the right thing by each other right where accountability should be. Fairly and squarely on the shoulders of the individual. As responsible individuals we monitor and direct our own behavior.
While encouraging and supporting others within our field of influence.
Until Lawmakers come up with a universal system of Education that enables transgressors to change their mind in favor of honorable Thinking, that is followed by honorable Action, we are saddled with an unacceptable method of attempted control, based in force.
An unacceptable method of control because Good Humans suffer in seemingly futile attempts by Lawmakers to prevent evil caused by cheating. Intellectual property rights infringement is simply the tip of a massive iceberg in this respect.
We can watch, and Listen, with our own eyes and ears, just how genuinely ineffective force is at solving problems. We can develop this understanding merely by watching or listening to a random news broadcast, depicting the Chaotic World Human Beings have created.
Misuse of force applies across the board to Human behavior. But our focus here is Intellectual Property, in particular Copyright on the Internet. It's time for a change. For the better.
The flow on effect of Honorable Thinking would deliver that change for the better.
It is in our own interest to help each other not merely to survive, but to prosper. Via the simple act of sharing.
Every individual who made the effort to create something, anything, owes a debt of gratitude to others. The greatest minds who passed this way all agree on this point.
If we makes our position clear, about where we stand on our attitude to our creative endeavors being reproduced, doing so in a lucidly written Copyright Policy Notice that cannot possibly be misconstrued.
In the case of a Website, by providing a footer link to our Copyright Policy Notice from every page, we will be making it simple and easy for the genuine person, with a legitimate purpose, to gain permission to copy.
At the same time doing so identifies the outright thief, who, by contemptuously neglecting to seek permission, indicates a need for additional education to enable a positive mind change.
There is no necessity to employ aggressive terms and conditions, and privacy policies, which are rarely read, and all too often, farcical.
If you believe, as does this author, in open source sharing, you will notice Creative Commons have done a par excellent job of standardizing this sensitive issue.
This author is merely recommending that as content creators, wherever it is possible, we should clearly state, whether, or not, we are prepared to allow our work to be reproduced, to what extent, and how permission to use our content can be obtained.
Doing so will at the very least, increase awareness that Intellectual Property is just as real as Material Property, and that it belongs to another hard working Human Being.
Open Source licensing, allows Creators to increase awareness, effectively, without interfering with current Rights and Responsibilities under the Laws of the Land.
Adopting open source licensing methods will go a long way in helping reduce the incidence of inadvertent or ignorant intellectual property rights infringement with our honest brothers and sisters, the majority.
Open source licensing wil lessen the illogical justification for harsh legislation to deal with the dishonest, the minority, and expose such legislation for what it is, a blatant bid for absolute power.
Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Does Not Rock!
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