Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Opus 2015-96: Election 2016: Winning Planks, Copyright laws

Copyrights and patents can build or destroy a civilization.

Our founding fathers were aware of that.  They included provision for both in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;”
I already wrote about this topic at Opus 2012-316 and Opus 2012-317 so I won’t go through it again.

We are in the process of stifling creative process by nit-picking about this issue.  We make it impossible to take an old idea and develop it by hysterical extensions of the “limited times” in the Constitution.  One site from Stanford University says that copyright protection now goes a minimum of 70 years past the life of the author.  In some cases it can be up to 120 years.

We need to turn back the clock.  We need to continue to protect what people really create but for a reasonable time, not until someone in China or India comes up with the next good idea because they ignore our extremism.

If explained properly this could be a winner.

homo unius libri

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