I have problems explaining to my 9 year old daughter that my not helping her download songs from the Internet is due to ethical issues and not to technological incompetence.
-She knows that I am technologically incompetent, so does not buy my argument. Nevertheless, she can’t understand why I delete the icon of the music archiving service that she and her friends use, from the desktop of the computer at home.
I try to explain to her that copyright infringement is a crime, even if everyone does it. I explain that as a Patent Attorney, I help people protect their intellectual property, so I cannot have illegal software on my computer, including illegal downloads.
She does not understand. She has a problem seeing how her downloading and listening to songs that she has no intention buying and no facilities to pay for, harms anyone.
She has a point.
Although supportive of the system of IP rights that I make my living from, I am critical of some aspects of it.
The Rabbis have always been against instituting ordinances that the population can’t live by, and I think copyright legislation as interpreted and enforced in the US is an example of something that needs rethinking.
Here is a link to an article I found amusing in a bitter-sweet sort of way…