Poll: Do libraries encourage intellectual property theft?
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View poll results: Do libraries encourage intellectual property theft?
Yes
10 10%
No
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Voters: 99.
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#1
Do they? Anyone can go to a library, sign up, and then borrow plenty of things without paying for them. They could burn CD's to their computer, read lots of books covering a wide variety of topics, study the academic journals on offer, look through the news archives, so on and so forth, and all of this is effectively free. The people who generated all this stuff see next to no revenue from the repeated use of their creations.

So, do you think libraries encourage the theft of intellectual property?
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#3
No. Nobody uses them anymore.
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#4
Libraries are gay.


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#5
My library smells like cabbage because the homeless smell like cabbage and there are often homeless people in the library.
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#8
I suppose, after all, borrowing the CD's is free and I don't know anyone who borrows library CD's and doesn't burn them.
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My library smells like cabbage because the homeless smell like cabbage and there are often homeless people in the library.


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There are homeless people in Canada?

Lots. Lots and lots. Particularly in bigger cities.
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#11
I wouldn't say they're encouraging the theft of intellectual property, they're just making it available. You're not really supposed to go home and copy the CD's, just like you're not supposed to shoplift even though you probably could.
I kind of get what you're aiming at when it comes to books and their repeated use. I do think it's true that the authors get no revenue, but libraries do pay a lot more than normal price for their books.
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#14
No. It's the same as buying a book and letting a friend borrow it. That's all libraries do
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Way more people use the library than download torrents.


This is because books can still be hard as shit to find on the internet.
#18
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This is because books can still be hard as shit to find on the internet.


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#19
Depends on how many pubes you can find in the book you want.
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#20
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No. It's the same as buying a book and letting a friend borrow it. That's all libraries do

How are torrents any different?
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#23
in a sense, yes because they offer use of someone elses creation without compensating them. I don't give the slightest shit about intellectual property though, would be an interesting thing to ask strong defenders of it though.
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#24
Libraries only spread the product of these people's work around. I'm certain that the authors of the books and people on the CDs don't mind their work being shared with the public; after all, that's why they wrote it. Plus, it's not really stealing, because the people who check it out do have to return it eventually, and it's not like people generally copy each page of a book very often.

blah blah blah, I'm pretty tired, but no. Libraries don't encourage "intellectual property theft."
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#25
Public libraries usually get books by donation right? So the original owner no longer owns the book/CD (unlike torrents). Whether you make a copy of it or not is another issue. And besides, taxes pay for public services such as the library (at least last time I checked).
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#27
No, they encourage the dissemination of knowledge. I don't know how libraries work, but I guess they don't just buy a book or some other media, they have to have permission from the owner/publisher to have the item.
It's meant as a way for people to have access to knowledge, especially those who can't afford to buy books and stuff. They are a resource for the poorer classes to have a means to better themselves.

But, things have changed since public libraries were first introduced. A lot of learning can be done on the Internet, and certainly torrenting/burning/piracy has changed things. It'd be nice to discuss the role of the public library in our time.
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#28
This just in... Metallica shuts down local libraries for "gay intellectual property theft"
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No, they encourage the dissemination of knowledge. I don't know how libraries work, but I guess they don't just buy a book or some other media, they have to have permission from the owner/publisher to have the item.
It's meant as a way for people to have access to knowledge, especially those who can't afford to buy books and stuff. They are a resource for the poorer classes to have a means to better themselves.

But, things have changed since public libraries were first introduced. A lot of learning can be done on the Internet, and certainly torrenting/burning/piracy has changed things. It'd be nice to discuss the role of the public library in our time.

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#31
intellectual property theft? retarded.

Knowledge should be easy to obtain. What kind of bullshit society would be against that...

Dumb question TS.

#32
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Lots. Lots and lots. Particularly in bigger cities.

To be fair, I doubt Windsor represents all of Canada.
#33
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This is because books can still be hard as shit to find on the internet.

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#34
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That feel when your courses use textbooks published for that semester.

Online textbook? Nope.
Online solutions? Nope.


Useful prof? Nope.
#35
If you believe in intellectual property then yes. I posted how to make wine on here too at some point, i should be locked away for promoting filthy communism with my sharing.

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My university has an online library where you can look to see if books are in stock and how many are in stock and what not, along with this they have E book downloads for most books.
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#36
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Do they? Anyone can go to a library, sign up, and then borrow plenty of things without paying for them. They could burn CD's to their computer, read lots of books covering a wide variety of topics, study the academic journals on offer, look through the news archives, so on and so forth, and all of this is effectively free. The people who generated all this stuff see next to no revenue from the repeated use of their creations.

So, do you think libraries encourage the theft of intellectual property?


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#37
You know libraries pay a royalty....
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#38
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#40
Think about it in terms of a free sample. If people enjoy it enough, they'll buy it.
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