St. Columba: The patron saint of copyleft...

Gary Lawrence Murphy
21 Mar 2002 09:55:20 -0500

>>>>> "R" == R A Hettinga <> writes:

    R> ... Would the monk have lent his manuscript, had he known of
    R> the intent to copy without compensation?

Excellent point!  

Here's a thought: Given the ease and ubiquity of digital copying,
perhaps there's a case to be made that all these (ahem) 'artists'
claiming (ahem) 'damages' due to MP3 boolegging can be told that
because they _knew_ MP3 technology existed _before_ they released the
work, they therefore knew in advance of the intent to copy without
compensation.  By releasing their work digitally, they have given
consent for digital copies (and release over analog radio waves gives
consent for analog copies)

Their alternative is "trade secret".  If the bulk of today's popstars
could be convinced that the _only_ way to protect their precious
blubbering is to keep it under wraps in-house, it might shut some of
them up .. making the world a much better place.

Gary Lawrence Murphy <> TeleDynamics Communications Inc
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"Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers."(Pablo Picasso)