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Re: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by

From: Skye Turell <turel33@west.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 19:25:59 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 23:19:13 -0400
Subject: Re: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by

>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
>Subject: re: UFO UpDate: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by Maccabee
>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 01:09:48 -0700

>The idea that a participant in the list would even think of suing someone
>for using material provided to them by this list, or relevant material
>found on the web, in commentary, research, or critique, suggests that
>said participant should keep their opinions to themselves, rather
>than burdening the rest of us with fear that we will be the next one
>singled out for threat of punitive legal action.

>Still, let's try to remember in the heat of the moment that the fact that
>we disagree will not be ended by destroying the fora in which those
>disagreements are given form. The result will simply be that the world
>has been made poorer in information.
>Like most people who joined this list, I accept that what I write leaves
>my control to some extent. I would hope that those who think that their
>best recourse in this context is to threat and legality will think again,
>or go elsewhere.

Couldn't agree more, Mark.  While the Internet has its faults, the positive
aspects center around the ability to distribute massive amounts of
information to a massive audience at virtually no cost.  To me these
benefits far outweigh the lack of control on quality of information
(although we in this field know better than most just what the results of
this "quality control" in traditional media has been), and the ability for
some people to duplicate and distribute one's work without compensation.
(Of course, some work is not worthy of compensation, and that's why it ends
up on the Internet, rather than at Random House. <g>)

If you really want compensation, then get published.  If you want to
participate in the rapid proliferation of ideas and transformation in
thinking on a global scale (my personal preference), then make use of the
Internet.   To some degree, one can accomplish both, but as Mark suggests,
if you're gonna haul out the legalese at every possible moment, perhaps you
are not terribly interested in ideas or transformation -- are much more
interested in search-for-the-guilty and other such once-popular games --
and there are likely more comfortable places for you to hang out.

While you are making up your mind, any of you who feel there's a viable
choice to be made here, please let those of us who are operating in the
spirit of the Internet proceed in peace.

Skye Turell <turel33@west.net>

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