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Re: "My dad is a pirate."

From: Mark Kent
Subject: Re: "My dad is a pirate."
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:05:37 +0000
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El Tux <nope@spamsucks.invalid> espoused:
> 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.

The first thing to consider is whether patent should ever be transferrable
from the original inventor.  To my mind, if a company employs someone
who invents something, that invention should remain the property of
that person, and the company should license it from them, similarly, it
should not be possible to sell on patents to patent trolling companies
like Acacia, or anyone else, for that matter.

It's about time that ownership of such things was returned to the real

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