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Thread: Is it possible to own something after you die?

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I wasn't referring to the continuing of one's reputation or good name.
    Ok. What do you think about intellectual property rights though? By standards of ownership someone's ideas and art in life will "belong" to them forever. However, when they die the entitlements shift to another living person/company.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Ok. What do you think about intellectual property rights though?
    A compromise which brings about financial compensation in order to promote creativity and innovation for the benefit of society.

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    By standards of ownership someone's ideas and art in life will "belong" to them forever. However, when they die the entitlements shift to another living person/company.
    I am not sure that a person can really own an idea since it is not physical. Art is physical and it can be bought and sold just like any other physical item.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    The answer is no.

    Problem is, corporations are considered individuals, but because they're not real people they are virtually immortal. Thus they can own things in perpetuity, which I think is something our society should do away with.

    The concept of private property in general is illusory. It's only maintained through power. You have a gun, so you shoot people who come near it. If an army invades and shuts you down, you don't own it anymore. "Ownership" and "intellectual property rights" are things that our civilization needs to overcome before we can progress to higher levels of existence. It's based on a hording instinct and little more. In terms of intellectual property, it's an example of this instinct magnified to absurd levels; not only do I not support intellectual property laws, I encourage everyone to violate them routinely until our current stagnation of mass ownership is released.

    Human rights are also an extension of property rights. You can't own property if you're not considered to be a person. Thus, you're not a person if you don't 'own things'. As long as we consider these things to be material possessions as opposed to intrinsic spiritual qualities of our human natures, we are eventually bound to lose them by force, as history has proven in cyclical order.

    I think humans, as a whole, will be better off once we truly recognize that our lives are short and impermanent, and the physical stuff that surrounds us is just part of the current drama. The real value resides in the non-material, by looking inward.
    Last edited by Orion; 04-30-10 at 06:35 PM.

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