Yet another step towards eliminating our concept of freedom in the US.
* Free Speech
* Reasonable Priced Speech
* You Can't Afford to Say That Speech
* Not Allowed to be Spoken Speech
Not quite the picture painted by the original draft.
Larry G. Laminger
I just sent you a copy of the text from the NYT page.
College students came upon leaked or stolen documents and posted them on a
web pag. The company they came from sued. Won the court battle but lost the
Digital Millenium Copyright act is all that in spades and more. It
confers all rights to the copyright holder, nothing to the purchaser of
anything subject to that act. Ed Foster's Infoworld gripeline is
replete with examples of this law being applied to squelch innovation
and the dissemination of information. Examples include the suppression
of benchmarking results not officially sanctioned by the copyright
holder and making e-bay yank the sales of Madonna CD's that were
distributed with some brand of jeans sold by the Gap. Apparently the
RIAA believes that it holds not only primary but any future rights to
any item on which it holds a copyright. Another even more egregious
example was upholding the rights of a printer manufacturer to prevent
re-manufacturing of its ink cartridges based upon a claim that
purchasers of the printers had accepted an end-user license agreement
such that the printer manufacturer was the only entity from which they
could purchase ink supplies.
Isn't the latter a violation of the shrink-wrap licensing
laws? You can't be held to a contractual item about which
you have no way of knowing at the time of purchase.
Gillette ("give `em the razor, sell `em the blades) could
have a wonderful time today! Copyright the blade design
and suppress any competition for blade sales.
While it's true the DMCA is overbearing, the students did the wrong thing
for the right reasons. In this case, they obtained the documents illegally
and then published them illegally; while I agree with their sentiment, at
the least they were foolish in their method. They should have sent copies
to the press and let the press do their dirty work for them.
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