[QUOTE=KenJr;2558162]If these people succeed they’ll put themselves (and a lot of other people) out of business.
These ‘protesters’ are making use of technology that is here because people have been able to make money on that technology; they were able to make that money because copyright/patent protection laws allowed them to.
Some products require a lot of R&D, engineering, and development time, thus often there’s quite a long time before any money is actually made (if at all).
Shorten copyright/patent protection time and investors will become quite reluctant to put any money into complex (expensive development phase) projects. We can then expect a future of easy to develop quick payback gadgets made in little shops located in the far reaches of China.[/QUOTE]
And what if small entrepreneurs or researchers, located in the far reaches of some country, are actually the only ones WILLING to do something to advance technology, in exchange of ADEQUATE financing for risk endeavors and a little share of royalties to keep researching? Remember, the only thing that the speculators want is to INFLATE their stock value with NO EFFORT AT ALL while remain hidden into the “market”. And they’re eager not only to back up projects that bring a huge cash flow soon after starting - some of them shortly reveal themselves as grossly bad ideas - but also help sink the real innovations that could cut these same cash flows.
Do you really want to live in a reality when “Gattaca” could meet “Repo-men”?
Just for the sake of the “sacred” profits of the SHAREholders? Think a little about it. And I’m keeping only to the ethical, moral swamp where healthcare policies, medical “innovations” and job opportunities meet…