You actually think there are enough police or officers of the law on the planet to keep people safe? Do you really think that?
Hardly, I think the average Police Department, at least in Australia, is incredibly underfunded and understaffed considering the importance they have to the society they both protect and, well, police. Police Officers and Agencies enforce the Laws that Society has created and thus ensure Society follows its own guidelines as well as protecting people from those people who act outside of said guidelines where possible.
Have you had a look outside of your house lately and counted the number of officers to the number of average citizens lately? You aren't safe in your house because somewhere out there is an officer with a gun and a badge to take down the bad guys, you are safe in your house because society, as a whole, has accepted that rape and murder and theft, in general, are bad things and they don't do them.
Perhaps you didn't quite understand what I wrote. Society has only accepted this as it is because they are punished if they do not. Remove the laws, the police and the courts and see what happens - see if 'common human deceny' prevails. If you'd like a real world example, there are many Nations that have had periods without a ruling body or working social functions. During these periods mass human rights violations, mass murder, rape, theft, famine and near genocide have all taken place on a regular basis. Society - any society - lacks the ability to self-police and self-regulate. This is why Governments were created.
No my friend, it's not the laws or the police that dictate society, it's societies acceptance of those laws and the power of those officers that keep you safe. And if you loose that acceptance, well history shows us what happens when those in power of laws (which may or may not be ethical as someone already pointed out) and upholding those laws looses the support of the masses.
Society gives Governments the power to rule for the reason that society cannot self-regulate or self-police. Society, in a democracy at least, elects those to run the Government to speak for them, ensuring Governments change the laws based on the Will of the people and based on what ensures the survival of said Society, such as the creation of a regulated and organised Defense Force or Army. They are also charged with ensuring a fair system and quality of life for those they Govern. Part of that fairness lead to the creation of intellectual property rights; to ensure an author or inventor or creator was given fair use of their own works, including the ability to sell them to others for a price if they wanted it.
Wow, you are really a piece of work though. You jump on my case about the use of the word magical and here you are bringing rape and murder into the mix.
Hardly the same if you'd followed the discussion, but thanks for insulting me. Murder and rape were brought into the mix based upon the belief system of those who believe everyone is entitled to everything. Pirates, particularly the more idiotic breed of them, like to proclaim they believe that everyone should be free to do as they chose and that we don't need Governments and rules and laws because humanity will self-regulate and self-police, that most people are good and decent, and as such things like games should be free to everyone, etc. etc. These beliefs are idiotic because if there were no Governments and by extension Laws, and thus no need for Police, the world would burn as evidenced by societies were there have been no Governments or Police for even a very brief period of time.
Your father made a product, it was his, he shouldn't be able to transfer the rights to it. It should be attached to him as the fruit of his labor. Michael Jackson shouldn't have been making money off of the Beatles' work.
The question I ask is why? If someone has the rights to something in a legal term, those rights can be sold. Why shouldn't I be able to sell something, or sell the ability to sell that something, if I made it? Is it not mine to do with as I chose? Once I've sold it, is it not theirs to do with as they chose?