copyright discussion

lilun95 at lilun95 at
Tue Sep 11 16:09:53 UTC 2001

I'm a newcomer.Could tell me what the DMCA is?

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: JEETUN6 at writes:
: > Many thanks for seeing what I was trying to say. When I heards of this open 
: > source movement I was intrigued to see how they could do what they do without 
: > intellectual property protection, a institution that they attack so much. How 
: > much of a surprise then was it to discover that they actually used copyright 
: > towhat they want to do. It was merely the use of copyright in a different 
: > way. From my uniniated perspective, it appears to be that your complaint is 
: > against the use by others of copyright rather than copyright itself, but that 
: > this distinction has been ignored and has turned into a witchhunt against 
: > copyright. 
: I hope you are learning that the truth is more nuanced than the straw
: man you are describing.  I've been a member of the free software
: community for a long time, and I am not aware of any witchhunt against
: copyright.  I think there is a movement both within and without the
: free software community which one could fairly describe as a witchhunt
: against software patents.  But copyright, software patents, and
: hardware patents are not the same thing.
: There is also a movement both within and without the free software
: community to retain certain aspects of copyright which are being
: challenged by laws like the DMCA, such as the right to fair use.  But
: I don't think there are too many people who feel that copyright should
: be abolished in toto.
: Richard Stallman does not speak for everybody in the free software
: movement.  But most people do listen to him.  Here are some comments
: of his on copyright, written in 1996:
: There are more papers on that web site on IP issues.
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: Ian
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