From: Penrose Christopher <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 11 Oct 97 12:45:20 +0900 Fwd Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 08:57:19 -0400 Subject: Re: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >From: Mark Cashman <email@example.com> >Subject: re: UFO UpDate: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by Maccabee >Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 01:09:48 -0700 >> Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 18:59:52 -0800 >> To: firstname.lastname@example.org >> From: email@example.com (Glenn Campbell, Las Vegas) >> Subject: Becker Claims Copyright Infringement by Maccabee >> Becker has threatened to file a lawsuit against Glenn Campbell, >> Bruce Maccabee, Errol Bruce-Knapp and another party to seek >> "injunctuive, punitive and statuatory damages from Glenn and >> punitive and statuatory from the rest of you...." >I find this to be a saddening and depressing development. As Glenn >points out elsewhere, the use of material on the net for comment and >criticism is normal and appropriate. It also seems to be covered by >fair use, as indicated in: It is natural for me to find Barbara's actions rather contemptible, particularly because I am quite a radical regarding information "ownership". My ideal position is that "intellectual property" is a debilitating, inefficient corporate construct designed to promote individual wealth rather than to promote the intellectual growth of society. Given what Mark has said regarding "Fair Use" and the scholarly nature of Maccabee's paper, I say to Glenn and Errol: "hold the line". Research the law a teeny bit and repost the paper with a public announcement as to why. Also, did she not post the paper herself to UFO updates? I saw several postings of the initial paper, did Barbara post one herself or were these postings mediated by others? Here looks like a good place for some more of my bloated, "goodbye copyright" rhetoric: "All creative efforts and products are affected by histories which are greater in scope than the history of any individual or corporate body; thus, what society conveniently and inaccurately labels as a creator is but a single, among many, contributor to the history of a particular creation. All restrictions upon information, through institutions based on the notion of individual or corporate ownership are invalid. Creation is a collective cultural cooperation; it is not an isolated, ownable achievement." Oh yeah: "information wants to be free." Christopher Penrose firstname.lastname@example.org BTW: My John Velez sighting report, which is nearing completion, will be posted in the public domain. Anyone can comment upon it using the text from my initial posting. You can even make poetry out of it.
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