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Re: "My dad is a pirate."

From: El Tux
Subject: Re: "My dad is a pirate."
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:41:26 -0000
User-agent: Pan/0.132 (Waxed in Black)

On Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:17:16 +0000, Unruh wrote:

> rjack <> writes:
>>El Tux wrote:
>>> In contrast, copying for your own personal use is a legal gray area in
>>> the US. None of the cases you cited involves such use.
> It is a legal grey area not because it is written in the law( if it were
> it would not be grey) but because it is impossible to make lawas which
> 90 % of the population violate. YOu cannot throw 90% into jail. It is
> also a grey area because making backups IS authorized in law. Thus
> attempts by the companies to negate that right are themselves arguably
> illegal.

What I'd like to see is a law that says any copyright verdict must
support the original intent of copyright as expressed in the U.S.
Constitution: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by
securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive
Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." If you can show
that a specific application of copyright law is having the opposite
effect to that stated intent, then that application should be declared
unenforceable. And if it can be shown that a copyright owner is
deliberately abusing copyright law in a manner that is *clearly* in
contravention of that intent, the judge should have the option of
declaring his copyright null and void.

The same should go for patents.

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