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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "CouchDB in the wild" by blackmagic rue
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:36:09 GMT

On 23/01/2009, at 12:31 PM, Dean Landolt wrote:

>> The issue with gipirate starts with the name. The name says  
>> 'theft'. If it
>> was called gitorrents or gitorrensearch, then maybe your argument  
>> could be
>> taken seriously. You wouldn't quibble over a site called giporn  
>> being about
>> porn, even if you could conceivable find artistic nude stills on  
>> such a
>> site.
> Given your comments heretofore, I can't help but remind you
> s\theft\infringement ;)

I'm actually happy linking to such a site - the site itself is legal,  
and as long as it's both accurately described, uses couch in some way  
that matters, and the page has an endorsement disclaimer.

I was only pointing out that the argument about 'but you can find  
other stuff on gipirate' is trumped by the explicit intention  
manifested in the name. My response to gipirate was independent of  
whether it should appear on the couch page. There are many things that  
I'm passionately opposed to, such as gambling, misogynistic porn,  
religion, IP theft, patent abuse etc etc, ad infinitum it sometimes  
seems. The extent of my passion partially motivates my concern to  
eliminate the opportunity for such issues to arise in the context of  
the couch wiki. It's separation of concerns. I am however personally  
more Kantian than moral relativist. Furthermore, see my sig.

I recognize that copyright and patents were initially an economic  
tool, and that in the US in particular, the elevation of property to  
the status of a moral good has swallowed the original intention of  
copyright and patents and twisted it into something else. And whilst I  
disagree vehemently with the (especially geek) culture of 'everything  
for free', there is a need for an opposing force in the face of public  
apathy about the deeper underlying issue.

One need only consider first-world governments pressuring third-world  
governments to restrict the availability of life-saving  
pharmaceuticals because of IP theory to realise that property, and the  
'theft' thereof, is a philosophically nuanced concept with strongly  
opposed humanist arguments (to which I subscribe).

Finally, I know this isn't the place for such discussion :)

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

A Man may make a Remark –
In itself – a quiet thing
That may furnish the Fuse unto a Spark
In dormant nature – lain –

Let us divide – with skill –
Let us discourse – with care –
Powder exists in Charcoal –
Before it exists in Fire –

   -– Emily Dickinson 913 (1865)

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