[d@DCC] Response to Globe Article on unauthorized downloading
ag737 at freenet.carleton.ca
Thu Aug 11 14:56:23 EDT 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: Russell McOrmond <russell at flora.ca>
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:49 pm
Subject: Re: [d at DCC] Response to Globe Article on unauthorized
> > "Someone else" -- nature -- already has done this. It is
> > impossible, in this universe, to physically control every act
> > of "sharing".
> The same is true of every other man-made law, so I don't see
> your point.
My point is that the purpose of copyright law is not to prevent, or
provide a remedy for, every instance of "unauthorized sharing", not
only because that would be unsound policy, it would be impossible.
> This is beside the point. You took one sentence in a letter to
> editor and tried to interpret it as if it was an encyclopedia that
> provided an impossible level of detail.
No, I took one sentence and tried to show the danger in blanket and
> Impossible to say, given without copyright I doubt we would
> have this
> software to be having this conversation via ;-)
Why would software have never come into being in a world without
copyright? I don't accept that as self-evident.
In fact, as near as I can tell, the OPPOSITE is true: the growth in
expressive work and the commercial use of expressive work has always,
throughout history, begat copyright. Not the other way around.
> motivation to do so would not have existed. While I get paid for
> of the software that I write, I don't always get paid enough for
> the money to be enough motivation.
This would change, in a world without copyright, or in a world with
absolute copyright, how?
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