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Re: William Patry Copyright Blog

From: AES
Subject: Re: William Patry Copyright Blog
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2008 13:15:15 -0700
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In article <>,
 rjack <> wrote:

> 2. The Current State of Copyright Law is too depressing...
> Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being: to encourage learning and 
> the
> creation of new works. Instead, its principal functions now are to preserve 
> existing failed business models, to suppress new business models and 
> technologies, and to obtain, if possible, enormous windfall profits from 
> activity that not only causes no harm, but which is beneficial to copyright 
> owners. Like Humpty-Dumpty, the copyright law we used to know can never be 
> put 
> back together again: multilateral and trade agreements have ensured that, and 
> quite deliberately.

WIth a few minor rephrasings, Professor Patry could be describing our 
whole current patent system as well!

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