Richard M. Stallman states in his article, Did You Say “Intellectual Property”? It's a Seductive Mirage, that copyright laws are, “designed to promote authorship and art, and covers the details of expression of a work. Patent law was intended to promote the publication of useful ideas, at the price of giving the one who publishes an idea a temporary monopoly over it—a price that may be worth paying in some fields and not in others. Trademark law, by contrast, was not intended to promote any particular way of acting, but simply to enable buyers to know what they are buying. Legislators under the influence of “intellectual property”, however, have turned it into a scheme that provides incentives for advertising (Stallman).” With all the talk over the past week about how the digital work is even faster and even cheaper and even wider spread. With these changes it is taken away the protections that were protected by books, papers, magazines, and records. This is because it is very easy to copy something and post it on the web with sites such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and MySpace to name a few.
Along the same lines we spoke about the fair use factors and when it is legal to make a copy. So my question to you is how much is too much when it comes to the amount of work that is being used? An example may be you download songs for an online music store such as iTunes which you pay $0.99 per song. If you purchase those songs but then share them among friends whether it be through blank cd’s or over the web when is the line drawn with copyright issues.
Freshman year my roommate got in trouble through the University for downloading music without paying for it. She had to go through several honor court appearances as well as having her computer cleared. I am sure there are many, many people all over the country and world who are doing going against copyright, patent, and trademark laws everyday. How can we put an end to this “intellectual property?”