Full Post: You Can’t Have A Have A Healthy Market Economy Without Property Rights. Why Do So Many In Tech Blogosphere Want To Abolish Cyber Property Rights And Cripple The Cyber-Economy?

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By David Lowery

Can you imagine the outrage if leading voices in Corporate America started advocating that we abolish all individual private property rights? Citizens could no longer own any property. All property would be collectivized. Citizens could no longer profit by creating and owning things. Further what if these same corporate voices used the justification that private property rights were hindering their ability to innovate?

We’d all laugh. Or man the barricades. This would never happen, right?

Well it is happening. This is exactly what many in the tech blogosphere are arguing we should do in the cyber-economy. These faux revolutionaries are arguing that Intellectual Property and the Internet are incompatible so in the name of “freedom” Intellectual Property must go. In the cyber economy ALL property is intellectual property. This means these folks are advocating for no private property in cyberspace. What does that sound like? Depending on…

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  1. Hope you don’t mind my taking up this much space, but I wrote a song about the absurd state of the current music business. After re-learning to play guitar in 2011 (had a couple of strokes that made playing impossible for quite a few years), I’m no longer playing nor singing like a “pro” (if I ever did), but the point is still made here, I think…

    Artist’s Lament (Streaming Sweatshops)

    I won’t let Pandora Pimp Me Out no more
    I won’t let Spotify, Make Me their whore
    Built streaming sweatshops, tell me I’m in on ground floor
    The way they work, I won’t get paid any more

    You know I used to love it
    But the music’s over now

    No one wants to pay for songs any more
    They listen for free, use bitTorrent and Tor
    They tell me to play live and live in motels
    Most live clubs are closed and busking is hell.

    You know I used to love it
    But the music’s over now

    I write my own and want to play cover songs
    One million streams cost me Ten Grand that’s wrong
    They don’t pay artists, pretend that they do
    Play along they say, and you’ll get your due

    You know I used to love it
    But the music’s over now

    Club owners tell us we must pay to play
    You know when I leave I won’t be back this way
    The new music business, same as the old
    The artists sleep on couches, left out in the cold.

    You know I used to love it
    But the music’s over now

    I won’t let Pandora Pimp Me Out no more
    I won’t let Spotify, Make Me their whore
    Built streaming sweatshops, tell me I’m in on ground floor
    The way they work, I won’t get paid any more
    copyright 2014 Richard H. McCargar

    It can be found on cdbaby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rickmccargar4

    By the way, if you feel that the link (or the post for that matter) shouldn’t be here, feel free to delete it or use just a part if you would prefer, I won’t be offended. Thank you for the post and the opportunity to rant! Best, Rick

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