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  • From: jonathon <jonathon.blake AT>
  • To: "Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts" <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] Lawsuit over Virgin Mobile's and Ethical Use
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:41:55 +0000

Paola wrote:

> used in conjunction with any of the following usages
> - activities against human rights charter

a) Can you name a single country whose laws are 100% congruent with
the UN Declaration of Human Rights?

b) Can you justify that set of Human Rights, in light of the
demonstrations that it advocates the immoral and unethical treatment
of people, from the perspective of Randian Objectivism, Catholic
Liberation Theology, Sharia Law, The Ethical Decalogue, amongst other
philosophical/theological/political philosophies.

> - activities that exploit and abuse people especially children

In Thailand, child prostitution is legal. In Saudi Arabia, slavery is legal.

Under this proposal, a slave trader operating in Saudi Arabia could
use your work, because what they are doing is legal. Likewise the
owner of a brothel specializing in child-prostitutes in Thailand could
legally use your work. In both instances the rational is the same---
the work is legal, and thus no more exploitive of people than any
other trade.

> - to sell unhealthy product and products that harm the environment

Due to the criticism of the fats in its products, McDonald's switched
to using transfats. Within a decade they were under criticism again,
for using transfats, on the grounds that they are dangerous to one's
health. Here is a company trying to do the right thing, and using
everything that was known at the time, getting criticized for making a
decision that only in retrospect was "wrong"., The irony is that had
McDonald's not made their decision, it would have taken much longer to
find out what the health risks of transfats were.

If a nuclear power plant does not fail, and if the radioactive
material is properly disposed of,this is the most environmentally
friendly way of producing electricity. If the waste products are
incorrectly disposed of, or if the power plant fails, this is the most
environmentally harmful way of producing electricity.



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