In This Episode: What do we really own? Has tech changed it?
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- You Don’t Own What You Think You Own.
- Music. You can’t play it in public, can’t record your own version. Copyright means you get the rights to do different things.
- Software. You can only run it on a certain number of machines, can’t sell copies, can’t make your own version.
- Book. You “own” the book. You can give it away, but can’t copy it, or take the text as your own.
- Kindle. Tied to your Amazon account, you can’t give it away.
- CDs and DVDs. You used to be able to copy them easily, but it wasn’t legal.
- Buy a computer. You can’t produce your own copy of the chips or design, or software. Patents.
- Trying to find examples of what you do own:
- Land? Nope You just own the deed with covenants.
- Food? Nope. (Ask Monsanto).
- Water? Nope again, because there are water rights.
- Do we have a right to repair the things we “own”? (https://www.repair.org/ & https://securepairs.org/)
- and of all things, John Deere.