List Management: Re: [d@DCC] Future CBC "the docket" on digital copyright.
kris at melon.org
Sat Feb 22 13:17:20 EST 2003
On Sat, Feb 22, 2003 at 10:43:45AM -0500, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> (putting list manager hat on)
> Can all of this be kept off the list in the future, as this is not
> something that should be posted to any public forum (and especially not
> this one).
> It is one thing to discuss how we may disagree with what the Canadian
> Copyright Act considers infringement, and whether
> non-commercial/non-profit infringement is a de minimus crime (and whether
> it is helpful to the copyright holder as a form of free advertising), but
> it is another thing to actively organize infringement on this forum.
> Deliberate and publicized infringement as a form of civil disobedience is
> one thing, but does this really quality?
I doubt it, but that's because I doubt that what's being arranged here
is really infringing. I'm inclined to believe that it's a perfectly
legal instance of time/space shifting that just happens to use mpeg and
the internet instead of VHS and hand-delivery. It's more of a public
demonstration of legitimate, non-infringing use of the technology
currently under scrutiny.
If anyone would care to offer a qualified legal opinion to the
contrary, I think I'd retract my request, as I have to agree that it
really isn't the best thought out act of civil disobedience.
Kristofer Coward http://unripe.melon.org/
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