Re: When is an MP3 file like a lighthouse?

From: Alex F. Bokov (
Date: Mon Oct 29 2001 - 16:07:26 MST


On Mon, 29 Oct 2001, Mike Lorrey wrote:

> I do not oppose the elimination of corporate ownership of IP.
> Corporations are not senient beings, and therefore cannot be artists.
> The Constitution clearly states that Congress is to protect the
> creators, the artists, not anyone else. However, as an artist, I highly
> oppose the idea that you can take someone else's work and tweak it a
> little to be able to claim it as your own.

The hacker community is with you on that one. Derivative works should
always credit the original work and its author in a changelog or some
equivalent that is distributed alongside them.

> Scientology is obviously trying to have their cake and eat it. They
> claim their work is 'art' to protect its proprietary value in skinning
> marks, yet also claim it is historical truth and religious dogma to
> protect themselves against taxation and fraud charges. Using them as an
> example has likewise been batted out of the park so many times that I'm
> rather surprised you are using it here, Lee.

It's a valid example of how IP laws are being abused.

> The DMCA is obviously a flawed law that needs legal precedents to
> eliminate its problems. I personally wouldn't mind eliminating the right
> of corporations to own IP.

I'm with you on that.

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