[cc-community] Benjamin Mako Hill on Creative Commons
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Mon Aug 1 16:40:45 EDT 2005
>> Terms are too long and DMCA is too restrictive, but that has
>> nothing to do with you writing a new story, a new character,
>> a new plot, a new movie, a new song, or a new piece of software.
> Yes it does. Every work in copyright represents a teeny weeny
> possibility that I will produce something that resembles a work in
> copyright. If George Harrison couldn't afford to prove that he was
> using public domain work, I don't think I will be able to.
> See White Wolf Games and Nancy Collins vs. Sony. Or that author who's
> suing JK Rowling.
All the lawsuits for infringement have nothing to do with whether
copyright is fair. What you're doing is seeing lawsuits and deciding
to get rid of lawsuits by getting rid of copyright. It doesn't follow.
It has nothing to do with whether an artist should be able to get
direct compensation for their work, and has everything to do with
someone suing someone else with deep pockets. Getting rid of copyright
will get rid of the deep pockets, and therefore will stop teh lawsuits.
But that is throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Fix the lawsuit system, don't toss the copyright system.
> And PD work can be denied to me by DMCA-enforced technological measures.
I do not support the DMCA. It should be tossed as overly monopolistic.
It was pushed into law by the patent comissioner who had a history
of being on the payrolls of IP corporations. It is indefensible.
That does not mean toss copyright.
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