[FoRK] moore copyright idiocy

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Sun Jul 4 19:01:44 PDT 2004

So Michael Moore says non-commercial copying of F911 is okay...

The activist, author and director told the Sunday Herald that, as long
as pirated copies of his film were not being sold, he had no problem
with it being downloaded. "I don't agree with the copyright laws and I
don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it
with people as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my
labour. I would oppose that," he said.
""" (via BoingBoing)

Well, either he owns the work or not. If he doesn't then it doesn't
matter what he has or doesn't have a problem with. If he does own the
work then why didn't he make it available under a license that allows
non-commercial copying? Oh, right, because then it wouldn't have got
distribution through theaters.

You can't have it both ways. If you truly "don't agree with the
copyright laws" then make your works available under something like a
Creative Commons license! Copyright laws aren't *forced* on the creators
of works - they are just the default if the creator doesn't provide a

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