An apology to Brian Williams

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 15:06:26 MDT

In the "MP3" thread, I called Brian's multiple assertions that
copyright violation is illegal a "dishonest" and "cowardly" form
of argument. In retrospect, I jumped to an unwarranted conclusion
there with insufficient evidence, and I apoligize. While I have seen
such arguments used in that way, I have no reason to believe Brian's
use was that, rather than merely an emotional response; just a bad
argument, not a dishonest one.

I've never been afraid to argue straightforwardly and rigorously;
even rudeness and ridicule are useful tools in their place. But I
should have made better use of Hanlon's razor here, and not assumed
sinister motives to an argument that was merely lazy.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
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