The Marxist morons burning, looting and destroying large swaths of our nation – are a lot of really awful things.
One thing on which they are absolutely awful? Respect for private property.
A flaw they share with many elected Democrats.
These masked marauders can’t destroy private property – and/or steal it to establish myriad CHOP/CHAZ zones – without the willing acquiescence of the idiot Democrat politicians these locales have idiotically elected.
These pols are fine with the masked marauders freely marauding. And are actually willing to prosecute We Mere Citizens forced to defend our property from them.
Of course, these marauders were neither peaceful nor protestors. They’d busted through the community’s iron gated fence – and were menacingly approaching the couple’s house.
These pols are fine with the masked marauders freely marauding – until they “peacefully protest” them.
“Durkan says the protest threatened her family and her children.”
This is the same idiot Democrat pol who has allowed the masked marauders to illegally possess for weeks the private property of hundreds (thousands?) of Seattle’s Mere Citizens – to establish the nation’s first CHOP-CHAZ zone.
Better-Than-Us Durkan is saying: “Private property for me – not for thee.”
This is EXACTLY how a society without proper private property protections will be ordered.
Our Betters will have their private property. Because of course.
We Mere Citizens? It’s the private-property-free communal pit for us:
“We are left dirty, angry and crouched. Huddled around open fires in caves – fighting each other for whatever scraps we can find.
“In 1651, Thomas Hobbes published ‘Leviathan.’ In which he describes this…awful state of man:
“‘In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor the use of commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.’”
We will all sit in CHOP-CHAZ-style squalor – helplessly awaiting the next band of masked marauders.
Well, property – is property. Stealing – is stealing.
And Intellectual Property (IP) – is property. In fact, it is more important than physical property – and thus so too is its protection.
I purchased the Apple laptop on which I am typing. It is absolutely imperative to maintaining a civilized society – that this piece of physical property be protected from the masked marauders.
But you know what is even more important? Protecting the IP that made the laptop possible.
If the masked marauders steal my laptop – a couple of thousand dollars replaces it.
If the masked marauders steal the IP behind it? Gone is the billions of dollars and millions of hours Apple invested in creating it. With now no hope of recovering any of it. Because they are now no longer able to license access to it.
And make no mistake – there are masked marauders plundering IP. And just like in any Mad Max-CHAZ-CHOP private-property-free world – brute force rules.
The bigger the masked marauder – the more able they are to steal IP. And no consistently-IP-stealing masked marauder is larger – than Google (Market Cap: $983 billion).
Google has gotten as huge as it is – in no small part by stealing IP from companies smaller than they are…and thus nigh powerless to stop them.
Sonos’ Market Cap – is $1.6 billion. Again: Google’s – is $983 billion.
Guess who is better equipped to handle a protracted court fight? Which Google will surely, intentionally make it – because Google clearly is the only one equipped to handle it.
Which brings us to this:
Oracle (Market Cap: $169 billion) – at least has a bit more umph to push back against thieving Google.
Which is why this is pending before the Supreme Court:
“Google v. Oracle America (previously named Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc. in lower courts) is a current legal case within the United States related to the nature of computer code and copyright law.
“The dispute centers on the use of parts of the Java programming language’s application programming interfaces (APIs), which are owned by Oracle, within early versions of the Android operating system by Google. Google has admitted to using the APIs….”
Google used 11,500 lines of code from Oracle’s open platform Java – to build its Android. Which went on to become the planet’s most used mobile operating system.
Google was negotiating with Oracle for Java licenses. Then, they suddenly stopped – and released Android without any.
“Google engaging in negotiations to license Oracle’s Java – means Google knew they need to license Google’s Java.”
And Google’s defense – is the “fair use” doctrine. Which is a really, REALLY stupid defense.
“‘(In US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.’…
“‘Fair use’ should exist almost solely in the realm of the written word. Because that’s the only realm in which it makes any real, consistent sense.
“‘Fair use’ absolutely should not be applied to the realm of computer code. Because it is absurd to attempt to apply it to computer code.
“You can not engage in criticism, news reporting, teaching or research – using lines of computer code. The notion is patently absurd.”
You can’t make any sort of “fair use” – of Java speaking in 1s and 0s.
And 11,500 lines of anything – isn’t “brief use.”
The Supreme Court has an important choice to make.
The can rule in favor of private property – and the civilized society it underpins.
Or they can rule in favor of the thieves – and cast us down into the pit of anarchic mob rule.
This first appeared in Red State.