Re: Napster: thoughts and comments

Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 10:47:53 MDT

In a message dated 7/12/2000 9:35:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time,

> Is there anyone here who is arguing about what present law is?
> /Of course/ the use of Napster infringes the intent of existing
> copyright law--everyone agrees on that. The issue is whether
> present copyright law is a good idea or not in the long run.

Yes, exactly. Well put.

That is why I was asking the list.
Unfortunately, present copyrights are being thrown out the window very
quickly, and they took a long time to go into place.

They were made to protect.
Otherwise anyone who had more resources can basically screw you selling your
idea and claiming you never thought it up.

Now pretty much they don't work in this new found freedom, and we have to be
careful about demanding they BE enforced, because we lose the benign anarchy
of the net.

I like that idea that it can be let go of, so we can enjoy our freedom, and
so things can be available.... but so far you have failed to prove any viable
alternative that works.

It's a complex question.

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