[d@DCC] Unintended consequences of treating the anonymous part
of the Internet as other than BY-NC-ND
noximyre at imajine.com
Sun May 22 14:16:33 EDT 2005
Charles MacDonald wrote:
> James McKinney wrote:
>> Everyone intuitively knows that you can't go around copying other
>> people's work and attributing it to yourself, or giving the
>> impression that you are its creator. This was true even before
>> copyright existed. I've never seen anyone disagree. If anyone here
>> disagrees, please speak up! What constitutes "giving the impression"
>> is up to the courts. The courts will probably ask, "Would a
>> reasonable person believe that this site was the creator of this
>> work?" That's a fair test.
> I recall a student at Texas A&M took a large chunk of my Auto page and
> posted it on his web site, I wrote him, ad because I saw his major on
> the rest of his site, I cc-ed the dean.
> He wrote me on the sunday that he did'ent mean anything and gee was I
> not being picky, on Monday his entire site had disapered from the
> university server. I often wondered if they let him stay enrolled.
I'm not sure what your point is. Although I said, "everyone intuitively
knows that you can't go around copying other people's work and
attributing it to yourself", I didn't mean to imply that people wouldn't
do it anyway. People know they're not supposed to do a lot of things but
they do it anyway. But because it is such a popular rule, it is that
much easier to sue for damages when it is broken.
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