E. Shaun Russell (
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 09:59:38 -0700 (PDT)

At 10:34 01/09/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Should we abolish the copyright law? If we say no it is against the anarchy
>we believe in. The copyright law is mucho dificil (very difficult) to
>enforce since it is broken millions of times a day quickly and easily. So
>are we going to side with Wired magazine believing all information is free
>or or we going to side with the scientologists who wish to strictly enforce
>the copyright law even though it is unlikely maybe even impossible.

It would not be a pretty sight if we were to abolish the copyright
law...especially for the one who has the copyright. If the copyright law
were to be removed then the 'rightee' would have no real claim to his work.
The fact that the 'rightee' knows that it was he who did the work in the
first place provides some solace, but not a lot. The problem of royalties
arises (pardon me for my present-day capitalistic views), and the 'rightee'
stands the risk of not being acknowledged for his work. If it doesn't
belong to the *creator* of the work, who does it belong to? Society? I'm
sorry, but that sounds pretty socialist to me --no offense to socialists of
course. The copyright law ensures the security of the individual(s) who
created something.
Frankly, I don't see anything wrong with that.

E. Shaun Russell

"Yes it was for me, not you
That I came to write this song"

--Neal Peart (Rush)