Intellectual Property and the Thought Police

I have had a problem with the idea of intellectual property for a while now and, at last, I think I know why. For starters, I have always thought that if ideas are to be regarded as intellectual property which can be protected by law, then those laws need to be enforced on the basis of ideas, and that can only ever be done by the thought police. Who else can claim the right to tell me which ideas I am permitted to have and to manifest?

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Court on Camera

Recently, Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court said “I think there is a strong case for saying that [British court cases] should be televised: that is merely the modern extension of enabling the public to enter the courts physically.”

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Prison Dramas

There have been a lot of television dramas about prison over the years, and a fair few comedies too. From Prisoner Cell Block H and its successor Wentworth Prison in Australia, to Oz, Prison Break, and Orange is the New Black in the States, and Bad Girls, Prisoner’s Wives, The Visit, and of course, Porridge here in the UK, it seems like the public can’t get enough of Prison Drama.

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Lag Lunacy

Last month The Sun ran a story on how 1,200 lifers have been moved to open prisons alongside the heading “Lag Lunacy”. They wrote “You’d think someone would have twigged: if you want to keep serious offenders inside, it’s probably not such a great idea to put them in an open prison.”

The thing is, this just demonstrates The Sun’s own lunacy. The only way to cut the skyrocketing prison population, which The Sun frequently criticises, is to release people. So the point is that we don’t want to keep these offenders inside. We want to prepare them for a safe release. And that means open prisons need to provide a go between.

I’d have thought that that was really simple logic that even writers at The Sun could understand, but apparently not.

The Times are Never Changing

I read an article in The Times last week which I thought really deserved to be highlighted. Not because it made any good points, but because it shows how they continue to mislead society.

The way they do this is by attributing their lies to other people in the form of quotes. But, as far as I’m concerned, if you quote a lie without correcting it, then you are perpetuating that lie and are no more than a liar yourself.

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