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Re: "My dad is a pirate."

From: Linonut
Subject: Re: "My dad is a pirate."
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:11:50 -0500
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* Banty peremptorily fired off this memo:

> In article <lXDvj.107044$>, Linonut says...
>>* peremptorily fired off this memo:
>>> Minor point. The internet existed long before 1985 and there were
>>> good ways to do downloads ( legal or illegal)- that's what the binary
>>> USENET groups and BBS's were for. Tapes were readily available and
>>> copying a tape or copying a CD/DVD are exactly the same- just
>>> media is different- so same rules would apply. There was plenty of music
>>> to pirate- and plenty pirated- just not in electronic form, only
>>> physical media. theft is theft.
>>I used to record top 40 tunes off of AM radio when I was a kid, so I
>>could listen to them later.  Or sometimes modify them to make funny
>>tapes where my Dad would yell at me and the music would answer in a
>>funny way.  (I used to tape my Dad in the car, and "troll" him to get a
>>response that I would then tape-record.)
>>What kind of theft was that?
> Non-theft.  Fair use.

Thanks.  The anxiety has been keeping me up at night for 3.5 decades.

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    -- Niccolo Machiavelli

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