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  •  change the rules changes the rule for all (0+ / 0-)

    thats how the law works. below you dispute even the commone sense aspect of how laws work, how do many of your ideas affect all copyright holders not just te ones you find egregious. as i said to stoller over at mydd before he threatened me- it seems overkill to say all these drastic changes need to occur for a law that works in 95 percernt of the cases in a manner that helps rather than hurts. that is unless you have something else in mind such as redistribution of income which per se makes the whole conversation dishonest becauase you could care less about the harm you are doing.

    •  The law fails in a wide variety of circumstances (0+ / 0-)

      it is self-destructing in a wide variety of areas.

      It is not serving the recording industry well.  It is providing a serious barrier to the low budget end of the movie industry.  It is flailing all over when it comes to all online applications from e-books to google to blogging.  It takes common sense situations like buying a book and turns them into confusing technical angel on a pinhead discussions.  It is nonsensical as applied to software protecting the wrong things for the wrong reasons.

      Not every part of the copyright law is deeply broken, but most of it is seriously out of kilter.

      It is creating windfall profits for people who don't deserve it, while preventing many creative works that should be encouraged from being produced at all.

      Weakening copyright law in the respects I suggest protects people who are creating new works to a much greater extent than existing law, while only marginally impacting the economic value of copyright to existing users and impacting disproportionately the people who have already reaped massive gains out of the government created monopoly that they have been granted.

      One can put 95%+ of works that are now covered by copyright in the public domain, at the expense of probably less than 5% of the aggregate economic value to authors of copyright law.  This is a bargain worth making because it maximizes creation of new works, while minimizing disruption of established industries.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

      by ohwilleke on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 03:29:48 PM PST

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