[FRIAM] Who wrote the essay?

Stephen Guerin stephen.guerin at simtable.com
Sat Dec 17 16:01:39 EST 2022

Tom's original Facebook link was from a Professor Darren Hudson Hick
complaining about students using chatGPT and how it just reads like

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   I tried to figure out if Professor Darren Hudson Hick was a bot or not.
I still am unsure seeing his research page prose
<http://www.typetoken.com/research.html> and after reading his own PhD
proposal which is the prose I submitted to you all
<http://www.typetoken.com/research_phd.html> .
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If he is human, I think Robert's advice is sound and he should start
using ChatGPT ! :-)

> —Robert
> Title: The Metaphysics and Ethics of Copyright: A Philosophical Analysis
> Research Questions:
>    - What are the metaphysical foundations of copyright law? How does the
>    concept of "intellectual property" fit into traditional metaphysical
>    categories such as substance, cause, and essence?
>    - How do different ethical theories, such as deontology,
>    consequentialism, and virtue ethics, approach the issue of copyright? What
>    are the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective?
>    - How do the metaphysical and ethical issues surrounding copyright
>    intersect with contemporary debates over digital technology, artificial
>    intelligence, and the "commons"?
> Research Methodology:
>    - This research will be primarily philosophical in nature, using
>    conceptual analysis and argumentative synthesis to examine the underlying
>    assumptions and implications of copyright law.
>    - The research will draw on a variety of sources, including legal
>    scholarship, philosophy of law, and moral philosophy, as well as case
>    studies and empirical data as appropriate.
>    - The research will engage with contemporary debates and
>    controversies, such as the ongoing conflict between technology companies
>    and content creators, and the role of copyright in global economic
>    development.
> Expected Contributions:
>    - This research aims to provide a more nuanced and comprehensive
>    understanding of the metaphysics and ethics of copyright, moving beyond
>    simplistic assumptions and polemics.
>    - The research will offer a philosophical perspective on the complex
>    and multifaceted issues surrounding intellectual property, and will provide
>    a framework for further dialogue and reflection on these issues.
>    - The research will contribute to the broader fields of philosophy and
>    law, and will have practical implications for policy and legal reform.
> On Sat, Dec 17, 2022 at 10:47 AM Tom Johnson <jtjohnson555 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I can't tell.  While what little I know about the deep dive on Copyright,
>> it is a very murky and often contradictory aspect of law.  Sorta like the
>> 2nd Amendment: something written by the founders in a time when the context
>> it was addressing was quite different from what we have now.
>> And I have no idea how well ChatGPT can or does write in the first person.
>> And the answer is?????
>> TJ
>> On Sat, Dec 17, 2022 at 12:42 AM Stephen Guerin <
>> stephen.guerin at simtable.com> wrote:
>>> Tom,
>>> What do you think? Was this PhD proposal written by a person or ChatGPT?
>>> The Metaphysics and Ethics of Copyright
>>>> Abstract
>>>> My project is motivated by a host of problems that arise in the
>>>> literature of U.S. copyright law, including legal decisions and established
>>>> doctrines that are alternatively arbitrary, counterintuitive, and
>>>> contradictory. The central argument of my dissertation is that these
>>>> problems arise from a failure in copyright law to recognize the nature of
>>>> its objects, authored works, and that a coherent and stable approach to
>>>> copyright must be built upon such an understanding. To this end, I outline
>>>> a multidimensional ontology of authored works suitable for grounding the
>>>> central principles and practical application of copyright.
>>>> Centrally, I contend, a reasonable understanding of copyright depends
>>>> on grasping four dimensions of the nature of authored works:
>>>>    1. their atomic dimension, including the parts of which they are
>>>>    composed, and the selection and arrangement of these parts;
>>>>    2. their causal dimension, including their contexts of creation and
>>>>    instantiation, and the weak and strong historical links that connect a
>>>>    given work to others (building here on the work of Jerrold Levinson);
>>>>    3. their abstract dimension, in particular, pace Nelson Goodman,
>>>>    Jerrold Levinson, and Mark Sagoff, that all such works are best understood
>>>>    as type/token entities capable of multiple instantiation; and
>>>>    4. their categorial dimension, drawing on the work of Kendall
>>>>    Walton, such that multiple works belonging to mutually-exclusive categories
>>>>    can be embodied in the same physical object.
>>>> On an understanding of these factors, I establish conditions for the
>>>> copyrightability of authored works, for the infringement of these
>>>> copyrights, and for the creation of derivative works.
>>>> Finally, I consider the right of copyright. First showing how the
>>>> strongest contenders for grounding this right—the Lockean and
>>>> Constitutional approaches—fail to align with our understanding of authored
>>>> works, I proceed to sketch an alternative approach to grounding the right
>>>> of copyright—a right based on the author's creativity as realized in the
>>>> authored work—building on the ontological account outlined above.
>>> On Fri, Dec 16, 2022 at 11:08 PM Tom Johnson <jtjohnson555 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> https://www.facebook.com/5722102/posts/pfbid0D8i4GuCUJeRsDJjM1JJtfkDYDMCb7Y7RdK2EoyVhRuctg9z2fhvpo1bB2WAxGBzcl/?sfnsn=mo&mibextid=ijjfgs
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