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Intellectual Property

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Here are the videos and discussion questions for this hangout: Crash Course explains: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwV2btpcij8S3YohW9gUGN Libertarian thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdS8YUC7AUs US-China conflict: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlfUX8i5s7s Potential downsides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddxgSvCAdRc A parody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI Interesting covers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CrBqRb3VGM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugqQlB5fpuc 1. What should be considered intellectual property? 2. Can creators choose to make their work free or should it be automatically protected as a matter od principle? 3. Do governments benefit from protecting intellectual property? If so, how? 4. Has anybody ever stolen an idea from you? Or accused you of stealing an idea? How did the situation play out? 5. Where can we draw the line between plagiarism and inspiration? 6. How should parodies be considered? Are they close enough to the original that IP rights should be taken into account? 7. Do you support artist who sue in the belief that others are profiting unfairly from their work when (they think) they recognize it in another artist's piece? 8. Is there a political party or philosophy that best protects IP rights in your opinion? 9. In an ideal world, would we need to pay for rights to access ideas, or would it be enough to credit the creator? Please remember to watch at least a few videos before you arrive since we’ll be discussing them when we begin. Once the hangout begins, everyone will introduce each other and then take turns asking the provided questions in order to keep the discussion on topic. Hangouts typically last 90 minutes, and once the hangout is over you will have the opportunity to add people to your buddytree to organize private hangouts and develop friendships. As always, these hangouts provide the opportunity for a thoughtful, respectful and engaging discussion in a safe space where disrespectful behaviour is not tolerated.

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