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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war


From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:03:18 -0000
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In gnu.misc.discuss David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> writes:

>> Hey, I write free software too.  :-) I also don't download music or
>> films (apart from very occasionally non-copyright recordings).

> There is no such beast.  Even if the original has been created more than
> 50 years ago, the process of digitizing is, like making a good
> photograph of a painting, something needing nominal skills and judgment
> and consequently bordering on copyrightable.

These recordings are, presumably, placed on the internet by the people
who remake them, in the expectation they will be downloaded.  This surely
constitutes a form of consent (or is it entrapment?) They are donating
their work to the public good, just as other hackers do.

-- 
Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).



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