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Intellectual Property Rights

November 19, 2012

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” (Psa 24:1″

If you’re a writer, an artist, a composer, a computer programmer, you’ve probably heard of this.

Intellectual property rights are the rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creation for a certain period of time.

Because a person created something using their creative energy, their imagination and their time, they have ownership over that creation.

Music is copyrighted. Buying a CD doesn’t give you the right to copy that music, even to give it away.

Movies are copyrighted. Downloading one from the internet and giving it to your friends is illegal.

Books are copyrighted. Quoting them without giving credit in the footnotes and bibliography is an infringement of intellectual property rights.

Computer software is copyrighted. Making a copy and giving it to your kid brother is illegal.

The Bible says the same thing is true about God.

“The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein”  (Psalm 24:1).

God created the entire universe with His mind. We saw earlier that He spoke and the universe came into existence. He planned. He acted. He created.

Because He created, He owns.

God created all the animals and beasts. They are His.

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine” (Psa 50:10).

God created all the stars and calls them by name. They are His.

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Psa 147:4).

God created man. They are His.

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer 10:24).

Everything in the universe has been created by God. Because He is the Creator of everything, everything is His.

That means you do not belong to yourself. You were created by God. You are part of God’s creation. He has intellectual property rights over you. For you to do anything outside of God’s intention for you is to go against your owner’s rights.

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