Alex F. Bokov <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I would not call such a contract robust. By way of comparison, if you
>offer to sell me a physical object or the service of your skills, you
>can withold the good or service if I do not pay. The
>"goods/services-for-cash" exchange therefore enforces its own terms.
A one-shot simultanious thing-for-cash exchange does not require a contract at all. We either agree and exchange, or don't.
If things just get slightly more difficult we need a contract to cover the responsabilities. What should the interest be if I'm late with payment. Is it OK to do partial delivery, etc.
>You can't enforce a copyright without relying on a huge, global
>network of bureaucrats, politicians, and lawyers.
That's true of any contract. How do you enforce me to pay back a loan to you?
Alex F. Bokov:
>By the way, what if I take Symphony #5 by Felix, add some movements
>and call it Symphony #5 by Felix and Alex. Or even Symphony #5 by
>Felix with some minor enhancements by Alex. What makes you think this
>evidences a lack of integrity? I cite you as the original author, and
>I honestly disclose where I've altered your work.
>But there are huge questions in there of exactly what "my"
>should and should not apply to and to what degree it should
>apply and for how long.
If it's a derivative work, you'll need my permission. Admittedly, it's sometimes tricky to determince wheter it's a derivative work or not. It's an sliding scale, it depends on the amount of information, or rather complexity of the work involved.
Alex F. Bokov again:
>Certainly. I'd respect inherently *uncopyable* software far more than
>software that somebody else's ethics or laws presume to restrict me
Do you have an online bank account? If it's possible to break in to that, would it be ethical? Should it be legal?
>That said, I will believe it when I see it. Users can
>capture streaming content; they can use debuggers and disassemblers to
>crack any password or serial number; they can then use p2p networks or
>anonymous online space to share the 'liberated' software.
Yes I agree, there will always be harmful petty "thievs" thinkering with such things for fun. Then there are "commercial" pirates that duplicates anything that sell.
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