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Philosophy versus Politics

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I don't think "forgery" is a good metaphor either. It is perhaps closer than "piracy", but not by much, I think. I think that IP in the digital age doesn't fit well into any classic law paradigm. Forgery, for instance, implies some sort of misappropriation/misannotation, if not identity theft, that rarely applies in digital media reproduction. Furthermore, traditional forgery implies the use of an inferior reproduction that can long term devalue the original. Certainly digital reproduction rarely results in inferior copies.

I don't foresee any easy answers to the questions at hand, and I don't think your forgery metaphor does any more to help the process than the existing pirate metaphors. I think IP law has to be treated very differently than any traditional property law, regardless of the metaphors you prefer to present your arguments by.

Max: I'm going to move my reply to the main post and close down comments here. Should have done this to begin with. ;)

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