Siva Vaidhyanathan's book The Anarchist in the Library
identifies a theory implicit in much of the copyright wars called, "If value, then right." It holds that if something has some value, then the person who made it has a right to be compensated for using that value.
For example, your DVDs have value as discs you put in a player, which you pay for when you buy them at a store. But when you rip the disc and put it on a portable player, then you realize some new value. According to "if value, then right," the studio that made the DVD has the right to be compensated for that new value. Otherwise, you're stealing.
Exploring this idea, David "Everything is Miscellaneous" Weinberger has compiled a list of "20 things I’ve stolen" according to the "If value, then right" theory.
I took an extra napkin from a Taco Bell for unspecified use “later.”
20 things I’ve stolen
I sat on a bench on a hot day, enjoying the breeze as the man next to me fanned himself.
I read the headlines of a newspaper that was for sale in a kiosk box.
I divided a single-serving DingDong in two, and had it for dessert on two consecutive days.
I listened all the way through to a Metallica song emanating from my neighbor’s radio, but closed my window when the commercial came on.
I remembered the movie times in my newspaper from the day before so I wouldn’t have to buy a copy of the paper today.
When a friend’s cat chose my lap to sit in, I petted it, precisely to discourage it from moving to the lap of its rightful owner.
I said “What a long, strange trip it’s been” without air quotes.
On the Amtrak “quiet car,” I listened to a man in the seat ahead of me explaining to the bored woman next to him how he gets such a great shine on his shoes. I have since used his technique, successfully.
I have stared carefully at reproductions of great paintings.
Timothy writes, “Diego Gómez is a Colombian conservation biologist. When he was a college student, he shared a single research paper online so that others could read and learn from it, just as he did. Diego was criminally prosecuted for copyright infringement, and faced up to 8 years in prison.”
The good people at Fight for the Future established OPERATION COMCASTROTURF to help you figure out if your stolen identity was used to file fake anti-net-neutrality comments with the FCC, but Comcast wants them shut down, and it’s prepared to commit barratry to get its way.
Every Ozimal digirabbit in the venerable virtual world Second Life will starve to death (well, permanent hibernation) this week because a legal threat has shut down their food-server, and the virtual pets are designed so that they can only eat DRM-locked food, so the official food server’s shutdown has doomed them all.
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