How can we own an idea? How can we exercise your legal entitlement to copyright on a concept such as universal, individual freedom? How can we say to you "listen to us, but don't use our words"?
Copyright is used as a weapon by elitist megalomaniacs whose vested interest is in holding on to power, rather than trying to distribute it. Sure, we all like to get recognition for our hard work, and most of don't like to be stolen from, but in what sense can we claim ownership for the words we speak or write? Most of the words we use were invented by someone else, a long time ago. Even when we do invent a new word [phutyle, for example], if it to be of any real use, it has to be used freely by other people. No one owns language.
Language is the vehicle by which we transport our ideas from one person to another. Any written or spoken idea is expressed in freely available words, put in a particular order. Can we claim ownership of this order? Can we say "we don't own the words, but we own the sentence"? If we can't own the bricks, how can we own the house?
No idea is an island. Everything we do is influenced by something we have learned. Ideas and concepts evolve when transferred from person to person, host to host. We do not own our ideas, no more than we own our children. Sure, we produce them, nurture them, refine them and release them to the world. But we do not own them.
Intellectual property is is theft. For us to take and idea and claim it is ours is to prevent you from using it. That might suit the interests of the corporations, the publishers, the estates of the dead, but it does not serve the interests of those who wish to share their creation with the world, in the hope that someone else can make it even better. Anyone truly interested in ideas, philosophy, art, creativity, progress, or freedom could not assert their 'copyright' on something they have produced. If we didn't want people using our intellectual produce, we wouldn't show it to anyone.
We don't own what we say. If you want to take what we say, go ahead. Remember, plagiarism saves time and effort, improves results, and shows initiative on the part of the individual plagiarist.
Phutilitarianism is an open source philosophy. It has it's basis in such ideas and groups as Individualist Anarchism, Neoism, The Last International, Praxis, The Situationist International, Nihilism and Quantum Cosmology. We hope that we can pass on the ideas we have encountered. We do not pretend to be original. Phutyle International accepts responsibility for what it says, but never ownership for it.
Nothing is sacred, everything is permitted
note this is my own personal opinion so take it seriously