Dare on Copyright

Dare Obasanjo had an insightful post on copyright and how it works a few days ago. Typically, I would simply dump this into my del.icio.us favorites and FeedBurner would dutifully insert it into my RSS feed. However, I’m calling it out on my blog proper because I loved this analogy:

Pointing out that copyright infringement doesn’t meet some 17th century definition of the verb “steal” because the original property isn’t changing hands is like arguing that calling your ex-girlfriend a slut isn’t libel because you only said it to people over IM.