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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.
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Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution provides that Congress may establish a system of patents and copyrights to promote progress in "science and useful arts."
I didn't read further than that. Anyone who starts off with such a blatant misrepresentation of the US constitution's recognition of authors' and inventors' exclusive right to their writings and designs as sanction to grant reproduction monopolies is not demonstrating sufficient competence to review a book on the subject of monopoly.
[Comment at 10/05/2009 02:14 PM by Crosbie Fitch]
so your misrepresentation would read "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors their already existing, natural and state-independent exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;" ??
[Comment at 10/06/2009 11:14 AM by Samuel Hora]
Firstly, I wouldn't misrepresent it, and secondly, 'exclusive right' needs no qualification as pre-existing, natural, and as independent of the state as any other natural right.
It is a misrepresentation that the constitution grants people a right that they didn't already have.
It simply recognises the right they already have and specifies that congress should have the power to secure it.
Because the meaning of the term 'right' has now become distorted to mean 'legislated privilege', today it needs qualification. It didn't a couple of centuries ago.
[Comment at 10/06/2009 11:49 AM by Crosbie Fitch]
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