QuoteI think Locke was correct when he stated that the basic human rights are 'Life, Liberty, and Property' and Jefferson did a disservice in his paraphrasing of Locke.It is possible to have a societies where there is little concept of personal property so it is not a basic human right.You have to pare things back to the bare bones of do most people feel morally wrong doing something.If they don't then do not let somebody pass a law that makes that thing illegal.By sticking to the principle of having laws that uphold moral views you will have good laws and avoid manipulation of the legal system for the benefit of a few.What is regarded as moral will change with time and will vary from place to place and laws must be adjusted accordingly.
I think Locke was correct when he stated that the basic human rights are 'Life, Liberty, and Property' and Jefferson did a disservice in his paraphrasing of Locke.
It is possible to have a societies where there is little concept of personal property so it is not a basic human right.
Obviously, this works against companies like Microsoft and Apple. The reason for this is, that these systems ("alternative business models") are empowering to the individual, small entrepreneur (like myself) and detrimental for large companies. Which could mean that in the future we will see markets controlled not by one or two quasi-monopolies, but by a plethora of smaller companies (which, in my opinion would be a very good thing). Large companies feel threatened by this, and that is why they are pushing for protection of the current copyright and property system. Maybe it will work, but this is something I am scared of, because I am afraid it will lead to a society ruled continuously more and more by company policies than by actual democratic systems.
I would rather live in a world where copyright completely fails, as I believe it to be the freer, more interesting and more progressive scenario.
Given that definition, I can't think of any society in the history of the world that didn't believe (at least for those in power) that they have the right to their 'property'
It is not only possible, but factual, that societies have decided that liberty is not a basic human right