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Posted 9/10/16 , edited 9/10/16
Internet was praised as the technology that allow real freedom of expression especially after the introduction of Web 2.0. However, the internet was also criticized as a breed ground for intellectual property thief. Hidden from public by some dirty business in their collective hive-mind, this idea of intellectual ownership have a longer history in America and is filled with political loopholes; the idea of owning the intangible was once applied to the birthday song where a family have to pay a company to sing the birthday song.
In American history, copying was once considered a Human Right and the few large media companies that exist now become successful from their historic copying. When those big media companies gain enough power, they set up the copyright law with legal loophole; those big companies can take ownership of any future media products from their customers. The logic behind this loophole is simple: If a person had previously viewed a media product from a company and decide to make a media product themselves, then that media product from that person must be an imitation of the media product from the company. In fact, a music producer was sued by the copyright law just for hearing the music of the large companies for one second and later making a music that have no resemblance to the ‘copied’ music. This interpretation of the copyright law do not seem to be held now especially when the big America cartoon companies make anime-inspired cartoons like Avatar...
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I should bring a modern example with controversy in this intellectual property ownership: The white-collar hacking to steal accounts in some social media like Facebook and Google+ by the administrators. The hacking is conducted by Capitalists and the hacked accounts is used mainly for political purposes. The Facebook white-collar hackers are confirmed to be affiliated to mainstream Republicans. I have taken screenshots as evidence of the hacking which can be viewed from my account. The hackers also use other forms of hacking to censor their users but that will not be discussed here.

The Capitalists claim that they can hack into any user’s accounts to steal the reputation, connection, and intellectual property associated with those hacked accounts just because ‘all accounts in the social media belong to [the Capitalists]’ but this contradict a core Capitalist ideology; under the idea of ownership by work and innovation instead of property investment, an idea Capitalist policy would dictate that an account belongs to the user who contribute to the account instead of the person who own the social media of that account.

A Capitalist, under one of their hacked accounts, implicitly claim that any users who do not like the white-collar hacking should ‘leave those social media instead of contributing it’. However, this argument relies on the idea that the users will sacrifice personal networking opportunities for benefit to the greater community and the Capitalists often criticize this idea in their projection toward the Socialists. This provide a strong argument that Capitalism reward people according to their property ownership instead of their work. Capitalism assume that a social media become successful due to managing skills instead of the number of users for networking opportunities but the Capitalist white-collar hackers gather enough users in their social media because they have the ownership, wealth, connection, and prestige to create some of the first social media.
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